Taskforce cautions on large consumption of herbal concoctions

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Malawi has registered 992 new Coronavirus cases, 78 new recoveries, 17 new deaths of which 985 are locally transmitted infections.

The capital city Lilongwe leads with 212 cases, 124 from Zomba, 123 from Mzimba North and 117 from Blantyre.

With a total number of active cases hitting 8,082, the country has registered a record high number of 233 patients currently admitted in various isolation units countrywide.

In the past 24 hours, the treatment units recorded 62 new admissions and 19 in-patients were discharged from the treatment centres.

Against a background of these statistics, the PresidentiaI Taskforce has underscored the need to have a normal balanced diet when infected by COVID-19 and avoid large consumption of herbal concoctions that contain a mix of chemicals like alkaloids.

Phuka: “These herbs stress important organs like the liver and the kidneys"

“These herbs stress important organs like the liver and the kidneys as well as increasing demand of sugar or disrupting sugar control. These stresses on your systems are dangerous as organ failure resulting from these stresses may cause death.

“Therefore, keep your diet simple enough to meet you daily needs and meet increased demand of energy due to the disease as well as maintaining good rehydration by drinking water. This allows the body to focus on fight and clearing the virus from your body with minimal disruption.” warned Taskforce Chairperson Dr. John Phuka.

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He also advised the public to avoid self-medication or moving from one pharmacy to the other searching for unapproved drugs as similar herbs, as unregulated drug consumption may lead to liver and or kidney failure that may have same consequences as the herbs.

The Taskforce has also noticed a general late seeking behavior among people whereby patients are arriving in treatment units while in severe state or pronounced dead on arrival.

“We need to report early for good treatment outcomes. For those that have severe form of the disease, please do not treat yourselves at home. Care for COVID-19 severe cases requires specialized high attention approaches that are almost unattainable in home settings” advised the public health specialist.