The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), today approved COVID-19 herbal drug; PAX HERBAL CUGZIN, drug produced by Saint Benedict Monastery, Ewu-Esan, Edo State for public use
With this approval, PAXHERBAL CUGZIN becomes the first and presently the only to be approved by NAFDAC.
According to a Catholic Priest, at Saint Benedict Monastery, Ewu-Esan, Edo State and Founder of Nigeria’s first alternative medicine and research laboratory enterprise, Pax Herbal, Rev. Father ,Anselm Gbenga Adodo, who has been in herbal practice for over 25 years, the drug is specifically for treatment associated with Coronavirus .
“After a series of screening spanning 8 weeks, NAFDAC has today approved our PAXHERBAL COVID-19 herbal drug, PAXHERBAL CUGZIN, for public use. It is the first to be so approved and presently the only one. The drug is specifically for treating the symptoms associated with the Coronavirus. PAXHERBAL CUGZIN NAFDAC’s number A7-4358L,“ Father Anselm said
Recalled that Rev. Father Anselm had called for sincere and practical support for African traditional medicine to aide better health care delivery both in Nigeria and on the continent stating that “there is a plant in African bush that can cure COVID-19.”
The Benedictine Monk and Founder of Nigeria’s first alternative medicine and research laboratory enterprise, Pax Herbal Clinic and Research with over 100 staff stated this at an international virtual summit with participants and speakers from Africa and other continents organsied by the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) titled, “Migration: Remedies for COVID-19 and the Economy” recently..
Rev Father Anselm while delivering a lecture titled, COVID-19: Herbal Remedies As Alternative Health Care”, had contended that before the nation can reap benefits of African medicine there must be some level of investment in trado-herbal medicine by the government.
He further argued that for long people have been inundated with fear and propaganda that herbal production is fetish and idolatry but that all that are lies.
“This line of thought from colonial masters is not true. There are people who mixed traditional religion with herbal practice and are called herbalists, but we belong to the category of herbal practitioners that are into research backed by science and modern day technology. No voodoo is involved,” he pointed out.
NAFDAC is a federal agency under the Federal Ministry of Health that is responsible for regulating and controlling the manufacture, importation, exportation, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, chemicals .