Worried by the daily rising infection and deaths caused by the novel Coronavirus [COVID-19] disease in the country, some Nigerian Catholic faithfuls have developed a drug solely for the treatment of the deadly virus.
The Catholic group led by Father Anselm Adodo who also doubles as founder of Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories (PHCRL), an alternative medicine product manufacturing company in Ewu-Esan in Edo State said the drug, called PaxHerbal CVD Plus is awaiting the approval of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
TheNewsGuru.com, (TNG) reports that Father Adodo had earlier presented some of the drugs produced in his laboratory to the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Adodo in a statement he personally signed and released on Wednesday, April 29, on the official page of the Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories explained that the drug contained herbs and active phytoconstituents with documented scientific evidence based on clinical reports of their efficacy and safety.
The clergyman said the research is a joint effort of experts from University of Lagos and University of Benin, a tertiary health institution—Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo state and experts sent by Prof Tunde Salako and Prof Catherine Adeyeye. TNG reports that Professor Salako is the head of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, while Professor Adeyeye is the director-general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Adodo said that plant-based drugs, whether crude or refined, seemed to be the best alternative approach to treat COVID-19.
He said: “At the moment, plant-based drugs, whether crude or refined, are seemingly the best alternative approach to the treatment of COVID-19 menace. The new generation of vaccine development for combating emergent diseases needed time because of safety profiling.
“On the other hand, plant-based formulations are easily manufactured, stored and distributed and are readily acceptable by the local population. Moreover, they can easily be handled by both professional and non-medical research personnel with no risk of contamination.
“The PHCRL has developed a novel drug, called PaxHerbal CVD Plus specifically for the treatment of COVID-19.
“These herbs have been used in several therapeutic formulations of Paxherbals over the past 25 years for the treatment of hepatitis C, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, bronchitis, pneumonia and malaria.
TNG reports that as at 11:55 pm 29th April- 1728 confirmed cases of #COVID19 was reported in Nigeria with 307 discharged and 51 deaths. The virus which is now in its communal infection stage has successfully penetrated 34 out of the 36 states including FCT, Abuja.