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For some time now, the Archbishop of Douala in Cameroon, Mgr Samuel Kleda, has been much talked about. It is said, in fact, that this naturotherapist discovered an effective potion against the coronavirus which has already infected more than 1,700 people in the country, for 58 deaths.
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Since the disclosure of this news, which first went by word of mouth before attracting media attention at the Cameroonian and African level, hundreds of people flock to the bishopric of Douala to get this famous herbal composition.
Joined by La Croix Africa, the Archbishop adopts cautious language. ” Taking into account the symptoms of people who are presented as having coronavirus, I apply herbal recipes and these people feel better. I didn’t say I found a treatment for the coronavirus. Serious studies are needed to reach this conclusion. “
He further specifies: ” I’ve been interested in caring for the sick from medicinal plants in the African Pharmacopoeia for 30 years. It started when I was rector of the Petit Séminaire de Guider, in northern Cameroon, to care for children. I continued the experience when I became bishop of Batouri and I continued in Douala “
Despite the prudence of the principal concerned, the recipe of Bishop Kleda raises great hopes in this country where the health authorities are not far from being overwhelmed by the increase in the number of cases of infection with Covid-19.
Paul Mahel, a Cameroonian journalist known for having led numerous debates on the pan-African television channel Vox Africa, spoke for example on the subject. On his Facebook account, he joked about the awkward explanations of the Cameroonian research minister who had indicated that the bats were at the origin of the spread of Covid-19: ” Instead of counting the bats, the people from the Ministry of Research should go and talk to Bishop Samuel Kleda “, He advised.
Like him, the Cameroonian philosopher and academic Alain Minkanda was enthusiastic: ” I pay a vibrant tribute to Archbishop Kleda during his lifetime. A great man by his physical, moral stature and by his humanism. I salute his discovery against the Covid-19; he who has excelled for decades in the pharmacopoeia when he was bishop of Batouri. “
Maurice Kamto, an unsuccessful presidential candidate in October 2018, adopted the same tone in a press release published on April 27. He thus addresses his ” warm congratulations to Bishop Kleda for his efforts and his product against the Covid-19 “, Saying it should be” a source of national pride “
For their part, those who believe they have been healed have made their testimonies public. This is the case of Irena Ngomo, a resident of Douala and a Catholic Christian. “ Three weeks ago, I had symptoms of coronavirus disease with dry cough, cold and burning throat. Then I had breathing problems, ” he confides. This Christian, who has not been tested at Covid-19, believes that he felt better after taking the treatment proposed by the Archbishop of Douala.
Pierre Ekassi, bank executive in Douala wants to be more formal: “ I was tested at Covid-19 in Douala, after approaching someone who returned from Italy a month ago and who is said to have died of coronavirus recently. I had signs of the disease as we are told on television. While I was waiting for my results, I went to see Archbishop Samuel Kleda and his team who offered me a medicine for free. I have been feeling better for two weeks. “
According to various testimonies, the experience in herbal medicine of Bishop Samuel has been known for more than 30 years. With natural plants, he thus put in place medical compositions and gave treatments for diseases such as stomach ulcers, gout, high blood pressure, and many others.
For the time being, the Cameroonian public authorities which have set up a plan to fight the Covid-19 pandemic have not yet reacted to “the Kleda solution”.