By Ayo Kehinde
Minister of State for Health, Senator Mamora
Minister of State for Health, Olorunimbe Mamora has said herbal treatment for Coronavirus in Nigeria is still a long way from materialising.
Speaking in an interview with TVC, monitored on Tuesday in Lagos, the minister said the process involved was tedious considering the various protocols that have to be fulfilled before certification.
He said: “ One, it is a long process. We are having interaction with the traditional herbalist who had made claims that they have the treatment for the virus. We have collated and forwarded the products to NAFDAC. Some of them have got their products listed but majority are yet to do so. NAFDAC is just to do see whether the drugs are fit for human consumption and that is just the first ladder.
“We are trying to fast tract the process without compromising due process. The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research will have to test the drugs and do clinical trials.
He said the are laws dealing with areas governing trials such as getting volunteers for trials and then, “the challenge of protection of intellectual property,” all of which would take some time.