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NAFDAC Seeks More Funds In Herbal Medicine

NAFDAC Seeks More Funds  In Herbal Medicine
  • PublishedFebruary 1, 2022

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has called for more support and funding for herbal medicine.

This was contained in a statement by the agency’s Director General (DG), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, In Abuja on Monday.

The DG spoke at an inaugural symposium and launching of the Africa Centre of Excellence for Drug Research, Herbal Medicine Development and Regulatory Science (ACEDHARS) at the University of Lagos.

The program titled, “Drug Development from African Medicinal Plants, Opportunities, Challenges and Regulatory Approach”.

Prof. Adeyeye said the support for research by way of funding and development of herbal medicine would help to meet the desire for universal health coverage for all.

She said investment in herbal medicine research and development would positively impact the economy of the pharmaceutical and traditional medicine industry.

According to her, “herbal medicines are very important to healthcare delivery and can contribute significantly to universal health coverage in the country.

“Despite the widespread use, traditional medicines have not yet been integrated into the national healthcare system of many developing countries, including Nigeria.

“The increasing use of herbal medicine despite general lack of research on some of these products is a call for concern.

“Investment in herbal medicine research and development is needed from all stakeholders, including the government. So, we can benefit from whatever God has given to us freely,” she said.

Prof. Adeyeye said ACEDHARS is very important to Nigeria because of the focus on the development of herbal medicine for the use of the people.

The DG said that the centre would function to ensure that adequate research is conducted and clinical trials done on herbal products before usage.

She said some herbal medicines get to the market without adequate research and clinical trials to confirm their safety and efficacy.

She advised herbal medicine practitioners to take advantage of the centre to increase their knowledge in the practice, saying that herbal practitioners must have continued education, even where they had it before.

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