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WHO affirms support for tradomedical cure of COVID-19

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WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) has restated its commitment to supporting Nigeria to achieve self-sufficiency in local production of vaccines, traditional medicine and other pharmaceuticals.

  Speaking at the commemoration of 2021 Traditional Medicine Day in Abuja that was held under the theme of The Potential Contribution of Traditional Medicine to COVID-19 Response, an aide of WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr. Kofi Boateng, said Africa has a long history of traditional medicines and practitioners that play an important role in providing care to populations over centuries. 

  Boateng said Nigeria’s listing of 14 herbal medicinal products by NAFDAC against COVID-19 and ongoing clinical trials on them are in line with the Regional Expert Committee on COVID-19 (RECC)’s aim of elevating the standard of clinical trials of traditional medicine for COVID-19. 

  Meanwhile, Minister of State for Health Adeleke Mamora said federal government will not relent in its efforts to develop local content as a means to finding a homegrown solution to ailment affecting Nigerians.

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