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Federal Government seeks COVID-19 patients for herbal drug trials

Federal Government seeks COVID-19 patients for herbal drug trials

The Federal Government says there are pharmaceutical processes and standards that has got to be observed before endorsing any proposed herbal or homegrown drug to be used by coronavirus patients within the country.

The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, made this known on Friday during an appointment by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He said the health ministry would soon meet with scientists, researchers, and traditional medicine specialists within the country who have registered that they need one drug or the other for the treatment of the lethal virus.

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He noted that the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control would test such drugs to determine whether or not they are suited for human consumption or not, adding that the drugs would undergo clinical trials that need a couple of COVID-19 patients to willingly accept to use them.

Responding in Yoruba Language to an issue asked by a reporter from an indigenous television station , the minister said, “We are still thereon . We are still collecting interests and research findings from those that have said they need herbal drugs for the treatment of coronavirus.

“A lot has been said on herbs and a few other concoction prepared for the treatment of the disease but we can’t start administering it on patients as there are laid-down guidelines on the testing and approval of medicine before they're dispensed to patients.

The first step is that NAFDAC must check the effectiveness of the drugs and examine if they're fit for human consumption.

“After NAFDAC certifies the drugs as okay for consumption, we'll then hand it over to doctors and clinicians. But even before it gets to the present stage, there must be volunteers for clinical trials. we've to check it on volunteers who will put it in writing that they accept to use it.

“After the clinical trials, we'll observe these volunteers for reduced symptoms. we'll record this and also examine the side effect of the drugs. We must observe of these processes, so it's not a fast one. we'll hold a gathering with the people that have said they have one drug or the other for the treatment of COVID-19.

Also, the Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the govt of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, encouraged scientists within the country to return up with home-based drugs for the treatment of the infection.

“There is not any single cure to COVID-19 that i know of from all the literatures. Everybody is trying his hands on one thing or the opposite , even bigger economies with established medical infrastructure. Today it's Hydroxychloroquine, tomorrow it's another thing. And after a short time , you hear those treatment prescribed being discredited.

“We are watching all the options and suggestions. We are observing what's happening in Senegal, Madagascar and we also are looking internally and urging our scientists and researchers to return up with solutions and undergo revalidation processes, who knows, a cure can emerge from our country.

“We will still push the agenda for an area solution but if help comes from outside, we'll receive it,” the SGF said.

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