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COVID-19: Why no herb has been approved, by NAFDAC

- From Moses Emorinken, Abuja

THE Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Adminions istration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, yesterday explained why the agency has not approved any locally produced herbal medicine for the treatment of COVID-19.

Prof. Adeyeye said no single drug had been found to cure COVID-19.

The NAFDAC boss explained that medicinal products currently available can only reduce symptoms and increase the odds of survival.

She warned researcher­s and other herbal medicine practition­ers to desist from parading unverified medicinal products as suitable for the cure of COVID-19 without NAFDAC approval.

A statement at the weekend in Abuja by NAFDAC’S resident media consultant, Sayo Akintola, said Prof. Adeyeye warned that such an act is a violation of its regulation and protocols. The NAFDAC boss also warned Nigerians against excessive consumptio­n of on

and garlic in the bid to cure COVID-19.

“If you eat too much your breath will be smelling and nobody will want to stay by you,” she said. Prof. Adeyeye admitted that onions or garlic or any of the natural fruits humans eat have antioxidan­ts and nutrients that can help the takers to feel better.

“People might have been using it and they get better. But if it is not documented, it cannot be recognised by NAFDAC for COVID-19. They work on our cells to keep people healthier, but not to cure COVID-19. They help our body to function better. There is no cure for COVID-19 yet,” she said.

Stating that such fruits or vegetables may boost the immune system, Prof Adeyeye added: “Even with that, you still have to protect yourself. If you eat garlic and onion and you don’t use a mask, you will get COVID-19. If you are in a very bad environmen­t, if you don’t wash your hands, you will get COVID-19. So, everything has to be put together.”

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