By Patrick Biddah
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has endorsed the COA mixture herbal medicine as use for the treatment for ailments.
According to the GMA, they are throwing their support for the medicine in view of the fact that it went through scientific processes before producing an evidence-based outcome.
Taking their turn to give a remark at the occasion to relaunch the new coa mixture in Accra on Wednesday May 26 , the General Secretary of the Association, Dr. Titus Beyou stressed that they have nothing against the product and that doctors are not anti alternative medicine.
“ For us, as doctors we rely on scientific research to arrive at a decision so if everything shows that the product has gone through the scientific processes we have no choice than to welcome it “, he said.
“ The Food and Drugs Authority is an institution which we trust so much when it comes investigating into a product and for them to approve of COA mixture we have no doubt the product has satisfied all the requirement”, he added.
He said the manufacturers of the product have set the pace by using scientific methods to produce a herbal product and therefore called on others to venture into alternative scientific medicine.
Coa mixture is a herbal based product produced to treat all kinds of illnesses including HIV , hepatitis, hypertension, diabetes and cancer among others.
It is used as a supplement in addition to other orthodox drugs. It is prepared using 161 compounds and the product is 100% herbal.
The Minister for Health, Mr Kweku Agyeman Manu, who spoke at the function noted that government is committed to creating an enabling environment in order for plant medicine to compete favorably with orthodox medicine.
In view of this commitment, President Akufo-Addo he indicated, has tasked the oversight technical committee of the Ghana Aids Commission to conduct an independent evaluation on COA products in response to an appeal from the Chief Executive Officer of COA Research and Manufacturing Company, for government to support studies of their products which is said to be potential cure for HIV .
The Minister also announced that herbal medicine including that of COA have been incorporated into mainstream health delivery in various health facilities.
“Now patients can opt for herbal medicine care when they visit our various hospitals , also selected herbal medicines have been included in the Essential Medicine List by the Ministry of Health”, he added.
On his part , the Chief Executive Officer of the COA Research and Manufacturing Company, Prof. Samuel Ato Duncan, said the he is close to a research breakthrough and when successful Ghana stands to benefit about $32bn from plant medicine.
“ It is expected to bring economic relief and get treatment for some of the diseases the world is struggling to treat”, he emphasized.
In pursuant to this research, he indicated that 1000 acres of land has been acquired in the Ashanti Region for the cultivation of raw materials.