Anambra State Government has approved herbal drugs to manage Coronavirus cases in the state.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Indigenous Medicine and Herbal Practice, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, on Tuesday in Awka.
According to him, the state government had forwarded the products to the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
He said a team of medical experts was gathered to review the process before they decided to take the products to NAFDAC for its final confirmation and approval for public consumption.
“We have a team of medical experts in all areas of medicines who are saddled with the responsibility of reviewing herbal products in the state before they would be made public for use.
“We will give approval if the product fits our standard.
“We do not discriminate, the government has provided a friendly environment for business to thrive for all genuine herbal practitioners despite their states of origin.”
Dr. Ibezim added that the products were in capsule, powdered and liquid forms.
He urged herbal practitioners in the state who peddle different types of herbal products without approval from the government to desist forthwith.
“Anambra Traditional Medicine Board has been assigned the responsibility of properly analysing herbal products in the state and declare them fit for use by the public or otherwise before they are pushed out; all practitioners are advised to comply,” he said.
Mr Ibezim said the agency had achieved some results and is desirous to consolidate on its past success while commending the governor for his support to the office of Indigenous Medicine and Herbal Practice.
“All our success is attributed to Governor Obiano’s interest in providing total health for the residents of Anambra,” he said.