Ife’s Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, unveiled a series of traditional medicines, made from local herbs, that boost the human immune system against infectious diseases, including the raging coronavirus (COVID-19 ).
The product launch, which took place on Thursday at the Ile Oodua Palace in Ile-Ife,
was done through a platform called Herbal Remedies with the Ooni as president, partnering with a traditionalist ace, Dr Akintunde Ayeni, CEO / President of YEMKEM International LTD.
Speaking to reporters, the Ooni wondered why the African continent imported drugs and other medical ingredients from developed countries.
According to him, it is a proven fact, which is also established by the World Health Organization, that Africa has the best herbs that can be used for the production of vaccines.
“We are not doing this in isolation and I am pleased to inform you that the National Assembly is currently working on a bill submitted by the Federal Executive Council.
“The bill has gone through several legislative procedures and should be promulgated very soon,” he said.
Ooni said a foundation has been launched for indigenous initiatives based on traditional medicine research.
“I am very honored to be in partnership with the oldest, YEMKEM International, which has been in the industry for 40 years.
“It has the largest (herbal) production plant in Nigeria; We have been working on this subject for over a year during which we have worked with various stakeholders in the health sector, including the National Agency for the Administration and Control of Food Medicines (NAFDAC).
“To the glory of God, NAFDAC gave us all the approvals last September but I insisted that the products be packaged correctly.
“To the glory of God, these products have been tested, especially on thousands of COVID-19 patients, including some in positions of authority who are currently immune from the pandemic,” Oba said. .
He revealed that their goal was to employ 100,000 young people in the next fifteen months.
In his goodwill message, the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Job Creation, Mr. Afolabi Imoukhuede, praised the Ooni for the innovation, adding that many young people would be engaged productively.
“If you study the value chain associated with this innovation from herbal cultivation, production, packaging and distribution, it is obvious that many jobs will be created and countless doors of opportunity will open for our customers. young people, ”he said.
Likewise, YEMKEM President Dr Akintunde Ayeni described development as his greatest achievement in his more than 40 years of practice.
Ayeni explained that such a historic achievement was more spectacular because it comes from Ile-Ife, the “source of humanity”.
“It was not easy and I want to say that the Ooni, who conceived the idea, gave us all their support, including huge sums of money.
“He supported me morally, financially and spiritually and I appealed to other monarchs to emulate these good virtues,” Ayeni said.
Speaking on behalf of the commissioner, Osun State Health Ministry Gbenga Adepoju pledged government support for the products, noting that the country has what it takes to solve its problems. .
Adepoju, who is the director of public health at the ministry, said Ooni’s efforts in developing a vaccine for COVID-19 were a huge addition to the government’s efforts.
“As we continue to fight this common enemy, I want to implore us to continue to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, including wearing nasal masks, respecting social distancing and maintaining personal hygiene. “
In their separate speeches, the director general of NAFDAC, who was represented by the agency’s director of public affairs, Mr. Jimoh Abubakar, praised Ooni’s fatherly role in ensuring that citizens enjoy a healthy level of health. quality.
In addition, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), represented by Mr. Gideon Amosun, said the organization’s support for innovation, applauded the frontline African monarch for the medical breakthrough. (NAA)
The herbal products unveiled included Verozil, an immune booster; Bitter Leaf Capsule and product to attack diabetes and high blood pressure.
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