40 Herbal Medicines under medical experiment as possible COVID19 cure- NAFDAC Boss.

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40 Herbal Medicines under medical experiment as possible COVID19 cure- NAFDAC Boss.

The director-general of the  National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has unveiled that up to 40 herbal drugs are currently undergoing medical evaluation as conceivable coronavirus cure.

She also affirmed that if the drugs are not well-reviewed, it could kill fast.

On whether the COVID 19 cure has been found, Adeyeye asserted that there is no cure for coronavirus and claims declaring such should not be adhered to.

She said; "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 herbal medicine for the management of COVID-19 is also part of the 40 applications we are reviewing for safety.

“We use an 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.

“They have a lot of potentials and it is time to translate the research of herbs into products of proven safety and efficacy, for the benefit of our people."

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