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Olabisi Onabanjo University produces anti-COVID-19 herb, awaits NAFDAC approval

Valentine Chinyem

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Researchers at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye in Ogun State, have produced COVID – 19 preventive, treatment and management herb known as, OOU-Anjo Anti-COVID-19 herbal syrup.

This was made known by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde, on Tuesday while unveiling the product.

According to him, the herbal syrup had been submitted to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control for approval.

Three other products were also unveiled by the university, they are; automated dispenser hands sanitiser, personal hands sanitiser and face masks.

The VC 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.

“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.”

Speaking further on the herbal formular, one of the researchers, acting Director, Research, Linkages and Advancement, OOU, Dr Ashidi Joseph, said it was formulated based on results of 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.