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COVID-19: FG approves plant-based cough mixture assessment as cure  

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Sequel to calls by professors and herbal medicine practitioners, the Federal Government may have budged as it ordered the assessment of a plant-based cough mixture as possible treatment for COVID-19.
The cheering news came from a Presidential spokesman, Bashir Ahmed, in a tweet on Friday.
 
According to him, the government has directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to carry out necessary procedures for the assessment.

“The Federal Government has directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to carry out necessary procedures for the assessment of a plant-based cough mixture as a possible treatment for COVID-19,” he tweeted.
Ahmed, however, did not mention which plant-based cough mixture will be assessed.
Persecondnews recalls that Madagascar and Cuba had come up with homegrown herbal products both for prevention and cure.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and  former Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State, an expert in that area, Prof. Anthony Elujobi and others had called on the Federal Government to commission research into herbal medicines for COVID-19.
Specifically, Ooni said the professors and other traditional medicine at he had commissioned for the project would soon be ready with the cure.
Elujobi, on his part, said research had been done already as to the potency of herbal cure for such virus and asked government at all levels to set up parallel herbal isolation centres.
Also, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, who survived COVID-19 infection after testing positive, had disclosed that he used blackseed, garlic, carrot, honey among others to recover from the virus.

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