Oyo collaborates with professionals to find COVID-19 cure

The Oyo State Government is collaborating with the University of Ibadan, medical and traditional practitioners and scientists, by setting up a Committee to look into ways to stem the tide of Coronavirus.

This is part of efforts to find a lasting solution to the pandemic that is ravaging the world.

The Executive Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Administration, Idowu Ogedengbe, said this after the Committee meeting at the University of Ibadan on Friday.

Ogedengbe said that the action became imperative as the State was striving to come up with a solution that has scientific validation and would be accepted globally, as it would not want to take the solution on the surface and start promoting it.

Scientific Validation
He explained that people that have the products, samples, mixtures and solutions had been identified.

He said, “We want to first subject the products to scientific validation, so that by the time our virologists, botanists and other professionals in the University community look at those solutions, we will come up with something that the global community would benefit from. We want to really lead the pace for others to emulate.”

Ogendengbe stated that the initiative was in line with the vision of Governor Seyi Makinde, as the State was not just looking at the containment of the pandemic but also to ensure that the virus is defeated and normalcy is returned to the State and the Country.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka, said the initiative was the best approach since it is an embodiment of people from different strata; such as NAFDAC, which represents the Federal Government, representatives of the State Government, the Academia, the private sector and traditional medicine practitioners.

The Don asserted that there had been lots of mistrust over the years but as a conventional institution, he was confident the University would be able to come up with a solution.

Collaborating with Traditional Herbal Practitioners
Explaining that the research would not be conducted using indigenous knowledge or oral tradition only, since no cure has been found for the pandemic, Olayinka stressed that the scientists at the Institution would collaborate with the traditional herbal practitioners to chart a way forward.

The representative of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mrs Preyere Edotimi, said in her goodwill message, that the Agency was ready to collaborate with all the herbal producers to ensure that the pandemic comes to an end.

She stated that NAFDAC would expedite the registration facility of their products and since the initiative is a collaborative effort, Edotimi urged the Committee to get the products across to the Agency on time for proper examination.

Source: Voice of Nigeria