Federal government has directed NAFDAC to explore herbal mixtures as a possible treatment
In order For the novel Coronavirus pandemic
Just like how countries like Madagascar and even China are reportedly using traditional Medicine
The federal Government believes NAFDAC can explore such measures as well.
Furthermore in a Memo released by the FG to NAFDAC, the agency has been tasked with the job of finding a local drug.
The memo reads in full;
“As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is currently ravaging the world
with no definite treatment or vaccine.
“This has FURTHER necessitated countries to look for solutions from within and Nigeria is no exception.
It is therefore worthy to note that Nigeria is blesse 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.
“More The formulation is a Cov-herbal cough mixture.
Interestingly however, all the ingredients that make up the formulations are medicinal plants
that are widely use as food materials and medicines.
“They also 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 further 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 Therefore determine to walk the talk in the promotion
and integration of herbal medicine into the health care delivery system.
“HOwever In view of the foregoing and the desire of the ministry
to showcase to the public a product that is 100 per cent source locally,
NAFDAC Is to further carry out the necessary procedures for listing.
“The ministry will contract the packaging of the product
to some identified pharmaceutical companies.
However Find attached scientific pieces of evidence of the products end labelling
for your information end necessary action.”