COVID-19: 40 herbal products may get NAFDAC approval soon

No fewer than 40 herbal products are undergoing trials with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for approvals to manage the symptoms of COVID-19 and to boost the immune system of patients.

Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi who made this known on Tuesday noted that traditional health practitioners have been playing major roles in COVID-19 preventive measures and management of symptoms of the virus.

The monarch spoke on Tuesday during news conference to mark ‘African Traditional Medicine Day’ at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

He said: “As part of my COVID 19 response, promising traditional therapies have emerged and are emerging. The Ministry of Health through NAFDAC has approved over 40 herbal products for the management of symptoms of covid-19 and immune boosters.

Oba Ogunwusi also advocated for more investment in the research and development of traditional medicine, stressing that it would contribute to the harnessing of homegrown solutions to improve well-being of people globally.

Indication yesterday emerged that the Federal Government would soon announce the locally-made herbal cure for the treatment of COVID-19 pandemic.

Chairman, Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board, Prof. Adebunkola Adefule-Ositelu, who stated this at the 2021 African Traditional Medicine Day, said the medicine had already gone through the necessary stages to confirm its efficacy.



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