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COVID-19 herbal remedies must be subjected to clinical trials –Mamora

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora has reiterated that all locally produced herbal remedies for COVID-19 must be subjected to clinical trials.

All herbal remedies for COVID-19, he said, must be submitted to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development for scientific evaluation before they can be approved for the treatment of the viral infection.

Mamora disclosed this on Tuesday when speaking with the management of Bella Sahara Limited who sought his support for two herbal formulations of the company, Odilimenvir Organic Therapy Cellular and Immune Bolstering solution.

Mamora who commended the efforts put into researching the drugs urged the scientists of the company to follow due process by sending the COVID-19 herbal solutions to relevant government agencies for the procedural check.

He warned other researchers craving the ministry’s support for their discoveries to note that the world is driven by data and science.

He noted that every research needs to be verified to ensure it conforms to procedures of science before “we can hope to market it to other nations beyond the shores of our country.”

“We are in the world that relies on data, evidence and science so that whatever is the component used in our products can also be used elsewhere and it gives the same result.

“NAFDAC will not only determine the efficacy of a product, but it will also determine whether it is safe for human consumption. That is why it is the starting point, it can then go to NIPRID for further assessment just like the COVID Organic that came from Madagascar which President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded to the Minister of Health.

“It is after all these that it can go for clinical trial and we can see where we can come in and help. Nigeria needs to look inwards for the solution to COVID-19 and indeed any pandemic and start believing in ourselves,” he said.

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