Political analyst and Social Commentator, Ademola Adigun has urged the Federal Government to help local herbalists achieve standard in their products.
Adigun said this in a post he shared on his Facebook page in reaction to the discussion around the Madagascan COVID-19 herbal drug.
According to him, It’s not the fault of the local herbalist. It cost money to undertake trials. It takes effort to achieve standardization. Then with a lack of an effective patent system, proprietary information is at risk if disclosed.
His post read, “Are there herbs that are effective against COVID-19? Certainly. Before we had tablets we had liquids for malaria and a host of other diseases. We have non toxic herbs for diabetes. We have for hypertension.”
“What we do not have is documented measurement of mixes. We have not subjected most to clinical trials. We also have many snake charmers with false claims.”
“It’s not the fault of the local herbalist. It cost money to undertake trials. It takes effort to achieve standardization. Then with a lack of an effective patent system, proprietary information is at risk if disclosed.”
“So the govt must help them achieve standards. Give incentives to achieve collaboration. Then promote trials.”
“Now the world has gone organic. Many here have always been organic. There are local soaps that treat skin infections better than topical ointments that cost a lot of money.”
“We have the institutions. The institutions lack the resources. They lack the motivation. Most personnel of the institutions are caught up trying to exist. To find money to meet needs. To steal to impress. Or have lost faith and are trying to escape to a more fertile ground.”
” Until we solve the basics, our growth will be stunted in all spheres.”