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THE National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has urged traditional medicine practitioners, who claim to have developed a cure for Coronavirus, to bring their products for clinical evaluation.

This is coming against the backdrop of claims by traditional and alternative medicine practitioners and manufacturers to have developed an herbal formula that can treat and cure COVID-19.

The agency noted that most of the claims of cure or at best treatment for the symptoms of COVID-19 by traditional drug practitioners are domiciled in either the conventional news media or the social media.

It said only one application has so far been received for the treatment of the symptoms of COVID-19, and not for the cure of COVID-19 as a disease.

The Director-General of the NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, in a statement in Abuja yesterday, said: “The rush to mitigate the mortality and morbidly resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic has resulted in acceleration of product development, re-purposing of formulations, off label use of therapeutics and the search for a vaccine to prevent COVID 19.

“In a bid to discover a cure, therefore, the public has witnessed quite a number of claims from different quotas – Complementary & Alternative Medicines Practitioners, Traditional healers and the Academia. It is pertinent to note, however, that these claims are domiciled in either the conventional news media or the social media.

“A claim of a cure must be subjected to clinical evaluation through well controlled, randomised clinical trials following an approved clinical trial protocol.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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The National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, Barrister Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to open up worship centres in the country without further delay.

Bamgbose noted that religious houses are power houses of the country, adding that continuing shutdown of such places may spell doom for Nigeria’s political leaders.

According to him, “It’s no doubt that the temporary closure of religious activities in Nigeria was due to the ravaging pandemic, Coronavirus.

“The virus has actually not subsided. People are actually dying everyday. The number of infected persons are rising everyday. This is no doubt a sad development.

“The lockdown is no doubt necessary to halt the spread of the highly dreaded virus that has claimed many lives in Nigeria.

“However it has become necessary for the Federal Government to declare Mosques and Churches open for normal services.

“The Federal Government should realize that religious houses are power houses of the country.

“This nation would have ceased to exist as one country except for the prayers of the Moslems and Christians. The time is ripe for the power houses to be opened for normal services.

“I believe I’ve the permission of God to make this statement. This should be done not later than 19th June, 2020, to avoid an open disaster in high quarters.

“Continuing shut down of religious houses may spell doom for our political leaders. One will, however, warn the prosperity preachers to soft pedal on this.

“In the same vein, one will urge the Federal Government to open schools in batches.

“The JSS 3, SS3 and final year students in our tertiary institutions should be allowed to resume for obvious reasons.

“They should be allowed to resume and take their exams. The indefinite closure of schools may be counterproductive.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged farmers to return to their farms in order to provide food for Nigerians, as there is no money for importation.

Buhari, while speaking with State House reporters after Eid prayers on Sunday, also prayed for a favourable raining season.

“I hope the raining season would be bountiful so that we get a lot of food.

“I wish the farmers will go to farms and save our lives so that we can produce what we need in sufficient quantity so that we don’t have to import food.

“In any case, we don’t have any money to import food. So, we must produce what we are going to eat,” he said.

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, used the opportunity to appreciate the efforts of the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in containing the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I wish to thank the Federal Ministry of Health and also the NCDC for their efforts in combating the pandemic,” she said.

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