In a bid to look into the indigenous system for cure to Covid-19, the Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye stated on Tuesday during an online news conference that 40 herbal formulations are undergoing review to ensure their safety for use.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Adeyeye stated that there was no cure for Covid-19 and emphasized that any claim to the contrary must be subjected to clinical trials.
“In March 2019, we inaugurated the Nigerian Herbal Medicine Product Committee (HMPC) to bridge the gap often created between traditional medicine practitioners and researchers,” she said.
“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.
“Professor 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 animals for safety tests 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.”
She further added that there are huge prospects in herbal remedies and “it is time to translate research of herbs into products of proven safety and efficacy, for the benefit of our people”.
Nigeria currently has a total of 52,800 confirmed cases of Covid-19, while 39,964 patients have been discharged, a total of 1007 Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded in the country.169