Anayo Ezugwu and Adewumi Ademiju, Ado-Ekiti
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has licenced the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) to commence the production of herbal medicine. The 12-year-old university received the approval to produce ABUAD Herbal Virucidine Liquid with effect from December 16, 2021.
ABUAD Herbal Virucidine Liquid is an immune booster and antioxidant for coronavirus and other viral infections which can also be used as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is a product that has been conscientiously produced and packaged in 100-ml bottles with an instructional leaflet and dosage measurement cup.
With this achievement, ABUAD has joined researchers in some foreign universities which have been making efforts to produce anti-viral medications for the treatment of COVID-19. Besides, ABUAD has further confirmed its frontline position in quality teaching, impactful research and community service. It has also demonstrated to the world that the solutions to the ravaging COVID-19 may not be far-fetched after all, but could indeed be found by African scientists.
The institution in a statement signed by its Director of Corporate Affairs, Tunde Olofintila, said the cheery news was conveyed in a December 17, 2021 letter with Index Number 210819, Serial Number 0000177510 and NAFDAC Listing Number A7-100180L signed by the internationally acclaimed Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola C. Adeyeye.
The letter which listed the name and address of the Applicant and Manufacturer as the Pharmacy Department, ABUAD Multi-System Hospital, Km. 8.5, Afe Babalola University LTD/GTE had the following additional details: Product category: Herbal and Nutaceuticals, Product of Pharm Class: Herbal remedy 5; Herbal remedy 5, Composition/Active ingredient & Strength, excipients: See leaflet insert, Dosage form/Presentation: Liquid, Plastic, Liquid, Plastic, Pack sizes: 100ML (measurement Unit: MILILITER (ML), Date of Approval: December 16, 2021, and Expiry Date: December 15, 2023.
Commenting on the development, the Chancellor of the University, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), recalled that the university was founded on three pillars of quality and functional education, research and community service in order to reform education and revive research in Nigerian universities.