As Nigeria and the international community continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel because Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, has produced COVID-19 preventive, treatment and management herb tagged, OOU-Anjo Anti-COVID-19 herbal syrup.
This disclosure was made by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde who said a group of reaearchers of the institution is in the forefront of this breakthrough and they also produced three other products; automated dispenser, personal hands sanitiser, and face masks.
The vice chancellor further explained that the herbal syrup had been submitted to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control for approval.
“Our university is one of the core universities that engage in research into the COVID-19 pandemic and in partnership with Anjo, one of our core effective partners in herbal medicine, we’ve been able to produce an anti- COVID-19 herbal syrup which we’ve processed to NAFDAC for approval.
“So, I can assure you that it went through all the necessary protocols that you can have in trying to produce a herbal syrup. It’s a joint effort of Anjo and the Olabisi Onabanjo Department of Medicine Research of this university.”
Dr Ashidi Joseph, who is one of the researchers, and acting Director, Research, Linkages and Advancement, OOU, said the remedy was formulated based on results of post-moterm research conducted on those who died of COVID-19 infection as the team had no access to samples of COVID-19 patients for laboratory test with the syrup.
It would be recalled that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control says it has received about four indigenous formulation application for the treatment of COVID-19 from researchers in the country.