There is palpable fear among Nigerians over the rate at which the Coronavirus menace is spreading. After the outcry that greeted the panicky resort of citizens to using chloroquine as a preventive measure against the virus, some Nigerians have begun to consume herbal concoctions as their own preventive measures against the pandemic.
Interactions with some disturbed citizens revealed that many people have been consuming neem leaves known in local parlance as dogonyaro as a preventive measure. Dogonyaro leaves, according to some respondents, are potent against many forms of diseases and also boost the immune system.
A respondent who gave his name simply as Ojo said: “Dongoyaro leave is what I have been taking since I became convinced that Coronavirus is truly here in Nigeria. It is very powerful and helps to fight against sicknesses including malaria.
“When you boil the leaves and you take it hot, you will sweat out every impurity in your system. It can cure many things. Just try it.”
Another, who identified herself as Seki, said the solution to Coronavirus lies in herbal medicine with particular reference to neem leaves.
She said: “Don’t you know dogonyaro leaves? It is a very powerful antidote to all manner of afflictions. Our forebears know and appreciate its potency and that is why they use it a lot.
“I have been taking it from time to time since this wahala (trouble) started. It flushes all the rubbish in the body. The solution to the pandemic is in herbs and top on the list is the consumption of dogonyaro leaves.”
Speaking in the same vein, Gbola, a trader, wondered why the developed countries have not been able to find a solution to the menace with all the orthodox medicine at their disposal.
“Long before I was born, our people depended solely on herbs like dogonyaro. If you go to herbal doctors’ place, the leaves are part of what they will give you. Take it or leave it, the solution is not in capsules but herbs.”
Alcohol to the rescue
Besides using dogonyaro, checks also showed that many people have resorted to consuming alcoholic drinks as a preventive measure. Some, according to findings, use a particular sachet alcoholic drink to sanitise their hands.
“I was told that alcoholic drinks help prevent Coronavirus. Didn’t you also hear it? If it can prevent it, why would I not take as much of it as my body can take? It is a fact I am telling you,” a hawker who would not disclose his name said.