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Anambra identifies 6 herbal products for the management of COVID-19

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By Emma Nnadozie, Anayo Okoli and Peter Okutu

Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, Anambra Governor Willie Obiano’s Special Adviser on Indigenous Medicine and Herbal Practice, said the government had identified six herbal medications that could be used to control the coronavirus in the state.

Ibezim told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Awka yesterday that the agency had sent the products to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

He said a team of medical experts met to review the process before they decided to bring the products to NAFDAC for final confirmation and approval for public consumption.

Ibezim said the products were in capsules, in powder, and in liquid form.

He urged herbal practitioners in the state who sell different types of herbal products without seeking approval from the government agency in charge of the herbal products to immediately desist.

“We have a team of medical experts in all areas of medications who are responsible for reviewing herbal products in the state before they are released for use.

“We will give you approval if the products meet our standard. We don’t discriminate, the government has provided a friendly environment for companies to prosper for all genuine herbal practitioners despite their home states, ”he said.

“The Anambra Board of Traditional Medicine has been assigned the responsibility of properly analyzing herbal products in the state and declaring them fit for public or other use before they are recalled; all practitioners are advised to comply, ”he said.

Ibezim said there were several unauthorized herbal products that some practitioners sold in the state, adding that the government would soon take drastic measures against them.

He said the state government had provided sufficient support to the agency to ensure that fake herbal products are removed from circulation.

Ibezim said the agency had achieved some results and wants to consolidate its previous success while praising the governor for his support of the office of Medicine and Indigenous Herb Practice.

“All of our success is attributed to Governor Obiano’s interest in providing full health to Anambra residents,” he said.

24 healthcare workers infected in Ebonyi

Meanwhile, no less than 24 healthcare workers have been infected with Covid-19 in Ebonyi state since the outbreak of the pandemic in the state.

This is when Governor David Umahi, over the weekend, announced that his administration approved N105 million for the purchase of medical equipment for the Ivo, Ishielu and Ikwo general hospitals in the state.

According to him, the availability of these equipments will allow health professionals to face the pandemic without any reservation.

According to available reports, the number of cases in the state has increased to 503.

Health Commissioner Daniel Umezuruike, who confirmed the figure by giving an update on the disease outbreak to Governor David Umahi at the new Government House, Abakaliki, added that a total of 357 of the infected people have recovered and given online registration with NCDC guidelines

He said that so far there have been a total of three deaths in the state.

Umezuruike also added that a total of 3,369 samples have been analyzed in the state.

In response, Governor Umahi expressed concern about the increasing number of cases reported in the state despite efforts by his administration to combat the pandemic.

He frowned at the indifferent attitude of residents who, he said, refused to obey the safety protocols that lead to an increase in Covid-19 cases, even within communities.

Judge Enugu died of hepatitis, not Covid-19

The family of Enugu State Supreme Court Justice Judge Fidelis Ngwu said yesterday that he died as a result of hepatitis C that resulted in damage to his liver and not Covid-19 as was widely published.

The judge’s first son, Barr. Chukwuebuka Ngwu said in a statement that doctors told his father six months ago that the disease would eventually lead to his death and that he was ready for the end.

The statement said: “I thank the good Lord for this beautiful soul that gave me for a father. As you considered it correct to take my father to heaven, thank you, Lord. My father died in the early hours of today (yesterday). I held him in my arms while breathing for the last time. He suffered from hepatitis C for almost a decade and destroyed his liver.

“They diagnosed him with stage 4 liver cancer and gave him 6 months to live. He accepted death with courage and worshiped the Lord until his death. It is not a sad day; rather it is a glorious day in heaven. “

Meanwhile, a date for the burial has not been set.

83 health workers infected in Enugu Also yesterday, the number of health workers infected with coronavirus in the state of Enugu increased to 83, according to the State Health Commissioner, Prof. Emmanuel Obi.

Obi, however, explained that the number comes from government and private hospitals, saying that the state has been doing everything possible to meet the necessary needs of frontline workers in the battle against the spread of the virus.

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