COVID-19: We've only received one application to endorse a product as possible treatment - NAFDAC

COVID-19: We've only received one application to endorse a product as possible treatment - NAFDAC

- NAFDAC has refuted claims of several Nigerians that they have the cure for COVID-19

- The agency said it has, so far, received one application to endorse a product as a possible treatment option for the virus

- NAFDAC said other claims about a possible cure for COVID-19 only exist on social media and newspaper pages

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has only received one application to endorse a product as a possible treatment option for the symptoms of COVID-19.

The agency was responding to the barrage of claims by some traditional practitioners that they have the cure for the virus.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, May 13, the director-general of the agency, Moji Adeyeye, said other claims about a possible cure for COVID-19 only exist on social media and the pages of newspapers.

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COVID-19: We've only received one application to endorse a product as possible treatment - NAFDAC

The NAFDAC boss said the so-called cures only exist on social media and newspaper pages. Photo credit: NAFDAC media
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Adeyeye said practitioners who claimed to have a cure for the virus are yet to submit an application to test the efficacy of their dru*gs.

She said the only application received is for treating the symptoms of the virus and not the virus itself.

“A claim of a cure must be subjected to clinical evaluation through well-controlled, randomized clinical trials following an approved clinical trial protocol,” she said.

“In a bid to discover a cure, therefore, the public has witnessed quite a number of claims from different quotas – complementary & alternative medicines practitioners, traditional healers, and the academia.

“It is pertinent to note, however, that these claims are domiciled in either the conventional news media or the social media,” she added.

Meanwhile, the federal government on Monday, May 11 said the plant used for the herbal drug produced by Madagascar for the cure of coronavirus grows in Nigeria.

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This was disclosed by the minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, in Abuja.

“We understand that it is something called Artemisia Annua, which also grows here. But we would like to get that sample and compare it with the strain here to know if they are exactly identical or similar and then see what properties it has,” the minister said.

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