“Artemisia to boost people’s immunity”

Gynette Karirekinyana, Chief Executive Officer of International Cooperation Ethics Advisory Agency-ACECI says the experience from other countries using Artemisia to cure COVID-19 would inspire Burundians. “We are lucky to already grow Artemisia in Burundi. Experience from other countries should inspire us,” says Karirekinyana, at a news conference held this 9 June. She also adds that it is a country’s matter. She, however, says like other researchers that they continue to look for COVID-19 medicine. “Artemisia strengthens immunity and prevents opportunistic diseases of viral and parasitic origin,” she says.

Artemisia often consumed to fight against COVID-19

With more than 10 years of experience in the production of natural products, Karirekinyana says Artemisia has for a long time been used to cure malaria disease in Burundi. “About 93% of the patients recovered thanks to the consumption of Artemisia “annua” type,” she says.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Burundi, local residents in Bujumbura city consume more and more Artemisia mixed with quiquina, vernonia and stevia. Some people say Artemisia probably treats COVID-19. According to ACECI agency sources, between 600 and 1000 customers are received in their center per day. Gynette Karirekinyana confirms that Artemisia cures malaria if it is regularly consumed. “Three or four cups per day are enough to cure completely malaria within 28 days,” she says. Karirekinyana urges the government to promote Artemisia as it does for coffee and tea.

Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Public Health said, at a news conference held on 5 June, people who have symptomatic signs have to go to hospital for consultation. He also added that traditional medicines can help to inhale.

So far, Burundi has already recorded 83 cases of COVID-19 infection including 45 recoveries and one death.