Bolivia encourages the use of traditional medicine to combat covid-19

The most recent report from the Ministry of Health indicates that in the country there are 8,949 deaths and 144,592 confirmed cases of covid-19, of which 14,363 are active. EFE / Mart n Alipaz / Archive

La Paz, Nov 29 (EFE) .- The Bolivian Government recognized this Sunday the importance of traditional medicine to “face” the covid-19 pandemic and will promote its practice through a supreme decree that contains new preventive measures to avoid contagions.
The Minister of Health, Édgar Pozo, explained in a press conference in La Paz that it is necessary to give due “importance” to traditional medicine, which has a “very important effect of action on the issue of confronting covid-19 in the country”.
Thus, in the supreme decree that indicates the new biosafety and prevention provisions to avoid contagion of covid-19 in the country, the Government of Luis Arce recognizes and encourages the practice of traditional medicine.
“The practice of traditional medicine and alternative medicine for the prevention, containment, treatment and rehabilitation of covid-19 will be promoted and encouraged,” says an article of the enacted rule.
In addition, the production and commercialization of natural products of traditional medicine will be promoted to use both in the prevention or treatment of this disease, according to the standard.
Medicinal plants used by ancestral doctors such as eucalyptus, chamomile or matico are sold in the streets of different regions of Bolivia to make infusions or vaporizations to disinfect spaces.
The rule also indicates other determinations that will be in force from December 1 to January 15, 2021 to prevent further infections of this disease.
Among the measures stipulated in the regulation is to carry out a series of biosafety protocols in coordination with local authorities for different types of activities, as well as quality and cost control in the sale of medicines in pharmacies.
Work is maintained on a continuous schedule, hospitals have the obligation to care for all people infected with covid-19 and it is planned to make protocols with biosecurity measures to carry out cultural, sports, social, religious, recreational activities, among others.
Bolivia entered a rigid quarantine since last March 10, then the determinations were made more flexible and since September a “post-confinement” stage was entered, but the health emergency continues.
The most recent report from the Ministry of Health indicates that in the country there are 8,949 deaths and 144,592 confirmed cases of covid-19, of which 14,363 are active.

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