NAFDAC To Approve Over 40 Herbal Products For Covid-19 Symptoms

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Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi

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

Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi disclosed this this during news conference to mark ‘African Traditional Medicine Day’ at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

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Oba Ogunwusi said that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) may soon approve 40 herbal products for the management of symptoms of COVID-19 and to boost the immune system of patients, The Nation reports.

The monarch also noted that traditional health practitioners have been playing major roles in COVID-19 preventive measures and management of symptoms of the virus.

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.

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

She added that the herb had also been approved by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

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