Plateau research team develops herbal cure for COVID-19

Plateau research team develops herbal cure for COVID-19

Prof. Noel Wannang, the Chairman of Plateau State Research Committee on COVID-19, says the committee has successfully developed an herbal cure for coronavirus.


Wannang disclosed this during an engagement with Local Government chairmen and traditional rulers in Jos on Friday.


He said that the team had concluded the first phase of drug trials, which related to the safe test of the drug, adding that herbal drug “has been proven to be safe for consumption’’.


“The research team has come up with herbal cure for COVID-19, which Plateau state was the first to develop in Nigeria; we developed the COV PLA-1, COV PLA- 2, COV PLA -3 and PLATABOOST-N.


“All of the herbs used in making these drugs were sourced and got from the state; it is our hope that the drugs will be used internationally at the end of the research.


“We are done with Phase One, which is the safety aspect, and it has proven to be safe, we will commence the Phase Two on Monday, Sept. 21; after which our patients will start benefiting from the drugs,’’ he said.


Mannang said that the drugs had gone through pre-clinical trials using eggs, chicks, mice, rats, guinea pigs, cats and rabbits which reversed damage and restored lung function in the infected animals.


He said that human trials would soon be carried out on healthy humans to prove the efficacy of the drugs.


He said that when the research was concluded, it would proffer treatment and cure for COVID-19, create employment opportunities and put Plateau on the world map of science, among others.


He said that the West African Journal of Pharmacy, Pan African Journal of Medicine and others had accepted the papers of the committee and would publish them soon.


Also speaking, Mr Yakubu Gomos, Head of Plateau State Economic Team, said that the coronavirus pandemic had made the state government to review its cost of governance.


He said that the pandemic had compelled the state to review its budget downwards from N177 billion to N122 billion.


He said that the salaries of political appointees had been slashed, while spending had been prioritised and limited only to critical areas.

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