Despite claims from several traditional practitioners on the cure of COVID-19, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said in a statement that it has only received one application to endorse a product as a possible treatment option for the symptoms of the virus.
The Director-General of the agency, Moji Adeyeye, said other claims about a possible cure for COVID-19 only exist on social media and the pages of newspapers.
Prof. Adeyeye’s statement is in reaction to several claims by some Alternative Medicines Practitioners that they have a cure for COVID-19.
The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, earlier said all herbal medicines in Nigeria must be tested by the agency to prove the efficacy of the drugs.
He also said such drugs will first be tested on animals before it can be certified.
Adeyeye said practitioners who claimed to have a cure for the virus are yet to submit an application to test the efficacy of their drugs.
She said the only application received is for treating the symptoms of the virus and not the virus itself.
“The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as at the time of this press release has only received application from one company for a product the company is presenting (for approval) to the Agency for the treatment of the symptoms of Covid-19, and not for the cure of Covid-19 as a disease. She said.