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NAFDAC refutes claim on local coronavirus cure in Nigeria

By Idowu Abdullahi,

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has refuted claims of the existence of possible cure for the coronavirus infection in the country, saying such existed in the imagination of rumor mongers.

It said the several reports being bandied on social media that there exists a cure for the deadly virus in the country were misleading and farther from the truth.

The Agency’s Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, said contrary to various reports online of a possible cure, the agency had only received a single application from one particular company seeking the endorsement of a product to treat coronavirus symptoms and not the respiratory disease itself.

Adeyeye, through a statement released to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, said claims of possible cure will be subjected to clinical evaluation after such was approved for a clinical trial.

She, however, stressed the agency’s resolve in ensuring that only medicinal products including herbal remedies which are proven safe and passed all clinical evaluation and trial would be approved for use by the public.

“In a bid to discover a cure, therefore, the public has witnessed quite a number of claims from different quarters – complementary and alternative medicines practitioners, traditional healers, and academia.

“It is pertinent to note, however, that these claims are domiciled in either the conventional news media or the social media.

“NAFDAC as of the time of this press release has only received an 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,” the statement read in parts.

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