- NAFDAC has been directed by the federal government to begin an assessment into local herbal syrups as possible cure for coronavirus
- The directive was sent to NAFDAC DG, Mojisola Adeyeye, through a memo from the Ministry of Health with REF no. TCAM/077/I/65
- The move becomes necessary as countries like Madagascar have resulted to local alternatives to treat patients infected with the virus
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The federal government has directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to carry out an assessment on the possibility of using herbal mixture to cure coronavirus.
Ministry of Health, through a memo with REF no. TCAM/077/I/65 directed to the director-general of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye, by its permanent secretary, Mashi Abdullahi, gave the directive, Premium Times reports.
The move came amid growing calls to the government to consider local herbal mixture alternative to cure Covid-19 since there has been no vaccine for the virus which is responsible for the death of 271,410 globally.
It would be recalled that Madagascar's president, Andry Rajoelina, launched a herbal remedy that he said could prevent and cure patients infected with the virus.
Although countries like Tanzania, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, and the Republic of Congo have indicated an interest in the herbal remedy, WHO said that Madagascar's widely claimed herbal cure is not a vaccine for coronavirus.
This dismissal came several days after Madagascar's president, Andry Rajoelina rejoiced in the power of the tonic to treat Covid-19 patients.
Here is the full memo:
"As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is currently ravaging the world with no definite treatment or vaccine.
“This has necessitated countries to look for solutions from within and Nigeria is no exception. It is worthy to note that Nigeria is blessed with medicinal plants which could be exploited.
“It is heartwarming to note that the Department of TCAM has taken the pains to research into scientific materials to come up with a formulation intended for the management of cough in COVID-19 and other cough-related infections.”
“The formulation is a Cov-herbal cough mixture. Interestingly, all the ingredients that make up the formulations are medicinal plants that are widely used as food materials and medicines.
“They include Allium sativa (garlic); Allium cepa (onions); Zingiber officinale (ginger): Piper guineense (West African Black Pepper); and Adansonia digitata (baobab fruit). The innovation here is the composition of the formulation.
“These medicinal plants have documented scientific evidence of long use for the management of cough and other respiratory infections, with medicinal properties of mucoIytic, antitussive, expectorant, soothing, demulcent, anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects.
“The ministry is determined to walk the talk in the promotion and integration of herbal medicine into the health care delivery system.
“In view of the foregoing and the desire of the ministry to showcase to the public a product that is 100 per cent sourced locally, you are requested to carry out the necessary procedures for listing.
“The ministry will contract the packaging of the product to some identified pharmac'eutical companies. Find attached scientific pieces of evidence of the products end labelling for your information end necessary action."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that federal government said it is not ruling out the possibility of using local herbs to tackle the novel coronavirus as countries across the world divert towards local alternative.
Speaking during the presidential task force briefing on Covid-19 on Tuesday, May 5, Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, gave the flashes of hope.
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