The Director General of National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has revealed that Nigeria health ministry are testing 40 herbal drugs as possible Coronavirus cure.
The Director General also stated that the herbal drugs are undergoing review to ensure their safety for use, averred that if the herbal drugs are not properly reviewed it could kill fast.
“In March 2019, we inaugurated the Nigerian Herbal Medicine Product Committee (HMPC) to bridge the gap often created between traditional medicine practitioners and researchers.
“COVID-19 pandemic created an opportunity and we have been encouraging traditional medicine practitioners to submit their herbal formulations for evaluation.
“We also developed guidelines on how to register herbal medicine online and the labelling of the product.
“Prof. Maurice Iwu’s application for approval of a herbal medicine for management of COVID-19, is also part of the 40 applications we are reviewing for safety.
“We use animal for safety test to ensure the formulation will not kill anybody.
“Until a clinical trial is done in a scientific manner, no herbal medicine manufacturer can claim cure or effectiveness to treat COVID-19 associated symptoms.
“I believe that Nigeria’s herbal medicines may be able to cure COVID-19.
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“They have a lot of potential and it is time to translate research of herbs into products of proven safety and efficacy, for the benefit of our people.”