Researchers are working tirelessly to understand and find a lasting solution to the coronavirus disease pandemic. One of them, Professor Maurice Iwu, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced that he was ready to start the clinical trial of artemisinin, a new herbal preparation against virus.
Iwu, said he obtained approval from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to conduct the trials on COVID-19 subjects using the herbal supplement.
The New Telegraph reports that Iwu, professor of pharmacognosy, made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja, during his opening speech on the Commemoration of Traditional African Medicine (ATM) 2021, hosted by the Department Head, Traditional Medicines, complementary and alternative. (TCAM), Federal Ministry of Health.
He said: “We have also obtained all the necessary ethical approvals. The primary objective is to observe and evaluate the safety of artemisinin, a herbal supplement on COVID-19 subjects, while the secondary objective is to observe and evaluate the effectiveness artemisinin – a herbal supplement – on COVID-19 subjects. “
State Health Minister Senator Adeleke Mamora, who appreciated the role of modern traditional medicine practitioners in the country, said the ministry is currently working on revising traditional medicine policy.
WHO Representative Dr Kofi Boateng, EPI focal point, Universal Health Coverage (UHC), said WHO recognizes that traditional complementary and alternative medicine has many benefits when properly used, adding that research on traditional medicines was a step in the right direction.