A Nigerian pharmacist, Ben Amodu, has discovered cures for Zika and Denge diseases.
Samples of the herbal drugs for the deadly viruses were presented to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, at the 4th annual clinical trial summit held in Abuja.
Amodu, who is a leading African herbal farmer and researcher, while presenting the herbal drugs to the minister during the summit themed “Clinical Research and Public Health Emergency in Sub-Sharan Africa”, said that the CD8 of a number of patients that used the herbal drugs had increased from 608 to 778 and 1,419 to 2,419.
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“This shows that it has strong activity against Ebola”, the pharmacist enthused.
Profiling the clinical literature of the medicine, Amodu further disclosed that the efficacy of the drug’s prevention and cure of Denge, Ebola and Zika viruses have shown remarkable responses in animal experiments, adding that, the products have been sent to Singapore for further test at a p4 laboratory which is not available in the country.
Earlier, the Minister lamented that the country was still importing herbal drugs when it had unexploited rich biodiversity.
Onu noted that with the current state of the economy, the country could benefit a lot from the herbal industry, which generates about $100billion annually worldwide.
“I am very disturbed that Nigerian imports all forms of herbal products from different parts of the world: if we exploit our rich biodiversity properly, we can meet our demands and those of others in the worlds”, he added.