By Ifunanya obidigbo
The Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ogun State, has revealed its researchers have produced a medicinal herb capable of treating COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Ganiyu Olatunde, who disclosed this in Ago-Iwoye, said the herb, labelled OOU-Anjo Anti-COVID-19 herbal syrup, is currently awaiting the approval of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Olatunde also revealed several other products such as automated dispenser hands sanitiser, personal hands sanitiser and face masks were produced by the researchers.
He said: “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.”
He further stated that the herbal syrup completed all procedures necessary in its production.
“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 efforts of Anjo and the Olabisi Onabanjo Department of Medicine Research of this university.”
Also speaking, the acting Director, Research , Linkages and Advancement of the institution, Ashidi Joseph, said the herb was produced based on post -mortem 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.