Nigerian govt gives NAFDAC go ahead to assess herbal cough mixture as possible cure for COVID-19.
The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Health has given the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) the go ahead to carry out necessary procedures for the assessment of a plant-based cough mixture as a possible treatment for COVID-19.
The directive was contained in a memo with REF no. TCAM/077/I/65, by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mashi Abdullahi, which was addressed to the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye. Dated April 28, 2020, the memo was titled ‘Formulation of a Phyto-Medicine-Based Cough Mixture/Syrup for the Management of COVID-19 Patients by Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine Department of the Ministry’.
The memo reads thus, “As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is currently ravaging the world with no definite treatment or vaccine.
“This has necessitated countries to look for solutions from within and Nigeria is no exception. It is worthy to note that Nigeria is blessed with medicinal plants which could be exploited.
“It is heartwarming to note that the Department of TCAM has taken the pains to research into scientific materials to come up with a formulation intended for the management of cough in COVID-19 and other cough-related infections.”
According to Abdullahi, the formulation is a Cov-herbal cough mixture. He said, “Interestingly, all the ingredients that make up the formulations are medicinal plants that are widely used as food materials and medicines.
“They include Allium sativa (garlic); Allium cepa (onions); Zingiber officinale (ginger): Piper guineense (West African Black Pepper); and Adansonia digitata (baobab fruit). The innovation here is the composition of the formulation.
“These medicinal plants have documented scientific evidence of long use for the management of cough and other respiratory infections, with medicinal properties of mucoIytic, antitussive, expectorant, soothing, demulcent, anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects,” Abdullahi added. Meanwhile Nigerians has taken to their Twitter handle to question the formulation as some thinks it is not authentic.
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