The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that government has not verified efficacy any local herbal medicine for the treatment of COVID-19, and no approval has been given for use of any.
NAFDAC’s Media Consultant, Mr Olusayo Akintola, made this position clear on Sunday, July 18, in Abuja.
Akintola, in a statement said Prof Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC Director-General, has also observed that “no single drug has been found yet to cure COVID -19” and that medicinal products available now could only help ease symptoms; and up the odds of survival.
She warned Nigerian researchers and other herbal medicine practitioners; to desist from parading unverified medicine for the virus because any product without NAFDAC approval for the cure of COVID-19 is null and void.
“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.
“Everything has to be put together. The University of Jos said that there was herbal medicine; whether it is tea or whatever, that can cure COVID-19, they linked it with the treatment of COVID -19, they did the packaging.
‘’We did a letter to warn them that they cannot claim something; unless it has gone through our listing process. They were trying to sell it to their staff. That is a violation of our own regulatory policies.
“Nobody should say that this one can cure this or that without going through NAFDAC listing process, the research into herbal medicine by the academia is normal.
‘’It is now for the academia to also recognise the national regulatory authority established to safeguard the safety of the Nigerian populace; by ensuring that the product that they are working on has to go through NAFDAC,” Adeyeye said.
NAFDA, equally advised Nigerians against excessive consumption of onions and garlic with a view to curing COVID-19. “If you eat too much your breath will be smelling and nobody will want to stay by you.” she said.
However, the DG, said that onions or garlic or any of the natural fruits that we take have antioxidants; as well as nutrients that can help people feel better and that people might have been using it and they get better.