Professor Maurice Iwu, a former Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman and currently the Chairman, Imo State government instituted COVID-19 management committee has come to say that Nigerians did not pay attention when he announced to the world that the country has a local treatment for the virus.
Iwu recently revealed that no one even bothered to examine his data when the announcement was made, showing a complete lack of faith in the treatment.
According to him, the pure compound he and his team proposed is called Andrographolide, and it is one of the most extensively studied compounds in nature, but it was immediately ignored by the general public.
He, however, added that herbal treatments have a future in Nigeria because everyone is slowly realizing that nature is the most efficient healer and with fewer risks.
On Coronavirus cure from Madagascar, “It is an interesting development. When we announced to the world about three months ago that we have a treatment for COVID – 19 based on solid scientific evidence and patents, nobody even bothered to examine our data.
The pure compound we proposed is called Andrographolide. It is one of the most extensively studied compounds in nature. The plants that yielded the active compound have been clinically evaluated in several studies. In one of the published reports, Andrographis has been clinically evaluated about 33 times in full blown clinical trials.
A meta-analysis, indicated that the trials (when combined) involved 7,175 patients in cohorts on the use of A. paniculata for symptomatic relief of acute respiratory tract infections in both children and adults. I will give you the paper to read for yourself. The A. paniculata therapy consistently shortened the duration of dry persistent cough, sore throat and sick leave/time to resolution when compared with usual care.
The combination of Andrographis, Garcinia kola and Psidium guajava leaves in the already NAFDAC listed IHP -Detox Tea is an exciting product for the management of this pandemic. It is promoted as possible pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis as literature on them suggest.”
On if herbal preparation has a future in Nigeria, “Yes they do. With the increasing realization that nature is the most efficient healer and with fewer risks, more people will embrace the use of functional foods and herbs.”