Alhaji Ibrahim-Dada Nakowa, President of New National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NNANTMP), has called for support from the Federal Government to enable the association to excel in its findings on traditional medicines.
Nakowa made the call at a news conference held on Monday in Abuja.
He said that the association would particularly need government support in the area of equipment to produce its products, adding that so much research had been done in the area of traditional medicine.
According to him, the major limitation of the association is in the area equipment with which to come up with the production of its research findings.
“Government should support us to make headway in our findings; we have seen some solutions to the deadly coronavirus but we are limited in the area of instruments to actualise our findings.
“We have done research about coronavirus and we believe that the outcome of this traditional medicine research will cure the virus.
“Some proposals to the findings of the virus have been submitted to the Ministries of Health and Science and Technology. What we need is just their support,” Nakowa said.
Also, the Deputy National President of the association, Cheif Eugene Nwachukwu, pleaded with government to back the association in whatever it way it could, to enable it move forward in the area of local medicine.
He said that NNANTMP was ready to accomplish whatever task that might be given to it by government.
The Secretary-General of the association, Chief Bamidele Fatoye, also said that if government could release a quarter in the money it was spending on COVID-19 to the association, it would do its best to see to the end of the deadly virus ravaging the country.
“We want government to hasten its support to the association in order for it to showcase its findings on COVID-19,” he said.
Fatoye thanked God for always assisting the association, while also commending the Ministries of Health and Science and Technology for their previous support to the body.
Dr Adewumi Ishola, Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of NNANTMP said that the association was out to push government forward in the area native medicine.
Ishola said that the association was ready to supersede the record of China in the progress it had made in bringing about solution to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. (NAN)