Anti-malaria: Don seeks N1bn in­ter­ven­tion fund

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

To com­bat the scourge of malaria par­a­sites, a univer­sity don, Pro­fes­sor El­iz­a­beth Ba­lo­gun has called for more re­search ef­forts to test the ef­fi­cacy of herbal prod­ucts in cur­ing the dis­eases.

She called for the re­lease of spe­cial in­ter­ven­tion fund of at least N1bn “for the pro­duc­tion, qual­ity con­trol, patent­ing and mar­ket­ing of nat­u­ral/herbal anti-malar­ial drugs” from the avalanche of re­search out­puts on the study.

Pro­fes­sor Ba­lo­gun of the Depart­ment of Bio­chem­istry, Fac­ulty of Life Sci­ences, Univer­sity of Ilorin, stated this while de­liv­er­ing the 146th in­au­gu­ral lec­ture of the univer­sity ti­tled, “Dread­able Un­paired Species: Bio­chem­i­cal Ap­proach as Panacea.”

She ex­plained that study has proved that herbal prod­ucts are ef­fec­tive in com­bat­ing the scourge of malaria as dis­cov­ered by a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team in the univer­sity.

“I dis­cov­ered that some of these phy­to­chem­i­cals that are re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tiv­i­ties against malaria par­a­sites are also re­spon­si­ble for their an­tiox­i­dant. I be­lieve that more ef­forts should be di­verted to these ar­eas of re­search,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil of Nigeria should in­sti­tute a well-funded com­pet­i­tive re­search grants for ba­sic and ap­plied re­searches into al­ter­na­tive/ un­ortho­dox anti-malar­ial med­i­ca­tion.

The scholar also called for the es­tab­lish­ment of Herbal Re­search Cen­tre for the de­vel­op­ment of an­ti­malar­ial drugs in the univer­sity.

Ba­lo­gun at­trib­uted the high rate of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to ur­ban­iza­tion which leads to obe­sity, di­a­betes and hy­per­ten­sion.

Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity, Pro­fes­sor Ab­dulganiyu Am­bali, how­ever as­sured that most of the rec­om­men­da­tions and sug­ges­tions raised in the in­au­gu­ral lec­ture that are rel­e­vant to the univer­sity would be looked into and im­ple­mented.

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