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I got NAFDAC approval for COVID-19 clinical trials -Iwu


Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Maurice Iwu said he had obtained approval from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to conduct trials COVID-19 clinics using the herbal supplement artemisinin.

The Professor of Pharmacognosy made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja during the opening speech on the Commemoration of Traditional African Medicine (ATM) 2021 hosted by the Head of the Department of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines (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, an herbal supplement for COVID-19 subjects. “

The researcher, who said Nigeria should be compared to India and China in terms of traditional medicine, noted that there are three essential elements of African traditional medicine in the country such as the active medicinal substance which, according to him, can be plants, earth, insects or parts of animals.

He called for the integration of traditional African medicine into the country’s national health system, lamenting that the sector has been exposed to misleading or unreliable information, direct adverse events, side effects or interactions. undesirable therapies.

Iwu denounced “the lack of effective communication between practitioners and patients, the use of poor quality, falsified or counterfeit products, unqualified practitioners, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or lack of use of treatments. conventional effective when necessary ”.

State Health Minister Adeleke Mamora, who appreciated the role of modern traditional medicine practitioners in the country, said the ministry was working on revising traditional medicine policy.

He said: “All these measures are aimed at strengthening our resources for the delivery of quality services and the safety of traditional medicine. Also, we were placed on the expert committee for the establishment of the Institute of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine to provide sound for the training of professionals in this sector.

“The series of events in the wall during this time of COVID-19 calls for the need to look within and see local production of drugs as necessary for national health security and achieving coverage universal health. “

He informed of the availability of 10 major industry standards on African Traditional Medicine, developed by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), the reference document standards for use by traditional medicine practitioners, such as students. , manufacturers of medicinal plants.

Mamora added, “This aims to provide safe and quality official traditional medicines so that our consumption and export standards can be evaluated by the public. Standard offices across the country.

World Health Organization (WHO) representative Dr Kofi Boateng said the body recognizes that traditional complementary and alternative medicine has many benefits when properly used, adding that research on traditional medicines were a step in the right direction.

He said: “WHO Nigeria is committed to supporting the Ministry and in particular the Department of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Complimentary in the Traditional Medicine Policy Review 2007, the Pharmacopoeia Review of Nigeria 2008 and the development of a 5 year strategic plan to implement the new policy and revised pharmacopoeia.

Former Acting Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Anthony Elujoba, said in a West African Health Organization (WAHO) assessment on the institutionalization scale from ATM, Nigeria came in second with 87 percent, following Ghana with 93 percent.

Elujobo, professor of pharmacognosy, said Ghana came first because it had three important elements in place, a Bachelor of Science in TMJ, a Traditional Medicine Council bill and cooperation with doctors.


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