The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians against self medication or taking herbal mixtures as cure for Covid-19.
The Director General of the Agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye who gave the warning explained that no vaccine yet exists to prevent further spread of the virus saying the huge burden of developing a cure or at best, a treatment for the deadly virus rests squarely on the shoulders of the medical world, of which Nigeria is no exception.
Professor Adeyeye said the Agency will continue to make sure that only medicinal products (including herbal remedies) which have proven safety data will be approved for use
She said as
part of the efforts to advance herbal products development, approval was given for the setting up of the Nigerian Herbal Medicine Product Committee by NAFDAC.
The platform brings together Manufacturers, Academia, Researchers and relevant stakeholders to bridge the gap often created between traditional medicine practitioners (possible patent holders) and drug manufacturers, whose responsibility it is to formulate the products.
Professor Adeyeye added that the collaboration aims at translating research of herbs into products of commerce with proven safety & efficacy, promising that the Agency will continue to encourage all stakeholders to present products of their research findings for trials
The NAFDAC Director General assured that the Agency is committed to encouraging and supporting sponsors with appropriate guidance to expedite the development of effective interventions to treat or prevent COVID-19.