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By Chris Ochayi, ABUJA
Traditional medicine practitioners have called on the federal government to urgently complete the clinical analysis of their sample of herbal medicines for the novel coronavirus with a view to making it available to Nigerians.
They are optimistic that drugs submitted to relevant government agencies for authentication are effective in curing the dreaded disease and saving the country more than $ 100 billion in bills for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccine.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the new National Association of Traditional Medicine Practitioners of Nigeria, NNANTMP, Alhaji Ibrahim Dada Nakowa, said traditional medicine is an opportunity in the fight against the Covid-pandemic. 19 and also ends medical tourism in the country.
The meeting was at the initiative of the federal government on the way forward for traditional medicine, the solution for COVID-19 and the registration of practitioners in the database of the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
Nakowa noted that throughout history, traditional medicine has been a source of medical treatment for diseases such as malaria and COVID-19 cannot be an exception.
He said that “the contribution of traditional medicine in the management of COVID-19 can complement the preventive services of health care and medical care.”
According to him, “we have modernized and gone to great lengths to ensure that all the medicines we produce are up to standard and safe for human consumption.
“We have produced drugs to cure covid-19 and the sample is already submitted to the federal government for certification. Once this drug is approved, it will save the country billions of dollars because we may no longer need the vaccine. “
The boss of NNANTMP, meanwhile, asked the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to help him with the provision of laboratories and other medical equipment to make their products more scientific.
He praised the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology for bringing them together to help find a solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is ravaging the country and the world.
Nakowa said the NNANTMP has done well since 2020 so far to recognize the association in the health sector with the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and all other sister agencies. .
“All of these efforts were crowned with success with the incessant visit and discussion from our knowledgeable Association President in the person of all the Executive Members who have contributed immensely to the development and growth of this association in person, through the media and financially.
“I want to say a big thank you to everyone and encourage all of us to keep working harder to enable us to achieve our goal and goal in the traditional medicine corridor in the country.
“Although many challenges are faced in the smooth running of the association due to the unnecessary accusation and actions of the board of directors (BOT) to discourage and make impossible a good management of the association. But our struggle to reach our goal continues to grow stronger, ”he added.
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