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In responding to the vision of the Ministry to ensure a healthy Nigeria as well as control the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 virus in the country, the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), one of the parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Health, conducted a study on the quality of hand sanitizers marketed, sold and used across the Federal Capital Territory. The following were some of their findings:
•    63.33% of the samples had less than the 60% alcohol content advertised on their packaging;
•    76.67% of the samples failed to meet the pH criterion for tropical products;
•    50% of the samples did not have NAFDAC certification number; and
•    26.67% of the samples were without manufacturing and expiration dates on their packaging.

ADVISORY TO WHOLESALE & RETAIL OUTLETS
Retail outlets are hereby required to:
•    Sell only NAFDAC registered hand sanitizers to the public as offenders will be brought to book.

ADVISORY TO PHARMACEUTICAL RETAIL OUTLETS
Pharmaceutical retail outlets who may wish to compound or produce hand sanitizers are hereby required to:
•    Only compound hand sanitizer based on request; and
•    Only compound minimal quantity to patients after certifying the quality of the ingredients.

ADVISORY TO THE PUBLIC
The public is hereby required to:
•    Note that using substandard hand sanitizers will NOT stop the spread of Corona virus;
•    Ensure that you purchase only the hand sanitizers which have the NAFDAC registration number;
•    Report the sighting of poorly labelled hand sanitizers without NAFDAC registration number to call the NAFDAC care line on – 0700-1-NAFDAC (0700-1-623322)

The public should be assured that the Government through the relevant agencies is determined to stop the exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic by preventing the production and sale of unwholesome and sub-standard products, including hand sanitizers, to the unsuspecting public.





Signed,
Director, Information, Media & Public Relations
Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr.Osagie Ehanire and the entire Management and staff of Federal Ministry of Health received with great sadness the announcement of the death of the former Minister of Health, Dr. Haliru Alhassan who reportedly died 10th May, 2020 after a brief illness, aged 66.

The Honourable Minister, Management and Staff express our deep sympathy and condolence to the family and friends of the late Dr. Haliru Alhassan who served as the Minister of Health between March, 2015 and May, 2015.

The late Dr. Haliru Alhassan who hailed from Sokoto State also served as the Minister of State for Health between February, 2014 and May, 2015.
Dr. Haliru Alhassan attended the Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria between 1982 and 1988 before proceeding to study for a Masters’ Degree in Tropical Paediatrics at Liverpool school of Tropical Medicine from 1994 to 1995.

May Allah grant him Aljannatil Firdaus.





Olujimi Oyetomi,
Director Information, Media & Public Relations,
Federal Ministry of Health.

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has expressed appreciation to the Lions Club International (Multiple District 404 Nigeria) which identified with the Federal Government in its fight against COVID-19 by donating N3million to support the Ministry.

Dr. Ehanire said though the visiting Lions called the donation of N3 Million their “Widow’s mite”, “which is large” to him and the Management of the Ministry, “it is substantial in the eyes of those who receive it and the spirit behind it and for you to come to take part in what your country is facing, is very much appreciated.”

The Honourable Minister painted the picture of the challenge his Ministry is facing:  “We are facing what has been described as the greatest public health challenge which was not known some 6 to 8 months earlier.  It has become very devastating not only to the health of many; going to 6 Million people worldwide now are affected, with a huge number of lives lost; Our country here is approaching 9, 000 with a large number of lives lost with many who are sick.  And the frustrating part of it is that you have to be at your wits end because nobody knows where it is going or how it is going, we try to plot it.”

Dr. Ehanire said the reasons he gave are among others why assistance from anywhere or any person or group would not be looked down on but will be appreciated and reckoned for judicious application to wage the war on the pandemic.

Lions solidarize with FG.

Earlier, the Lions Club visitors have presented the Ministry with a cheque of N3 Million Naira which they said is made on behalf of the Nigeria Lions Clubs Foundation and the Council of Governors headed by the Multiple Council Chairperson Alhaji Abiodun Adediji, to the Federal Government of Nigeria in support of the fight against COVID-19.

Lion Lami Onayi Ahmed, the Past Council Chairperson, Lions clubs international Multiple District 404 Nigeria who led in the visitors to the Management of Federal Ministry of Health gave a rundown of the Lions Clubs International.  She said Lions Club is a charity, non-governmental organization founded by Melvin Jones in 1917 in Chicago USA.

The Organization, she said, has spread to over 210 countries of the world and geographical location with membership of over 1.4 million across the globe. The Lions Club Leader also gave the thematic areas of her Club to include helping the impaired to have back their vision; addressing issues of Diabetic patients; Childhood- cancer; addressing issues of Hunger; issues of Youth, Environment and Health sensitization.





Olujimi Oyetomi

The Federal Government has expressed concern over the rate of deaths from COVID-19 which are associated with other ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, HIV and other diseases.  This was made known by the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Press Briefing on Thursday, 28th of May, 2020.

Dr. Osagie Ehanire said: “We have sadly recorded 254 deaths, most of the persons associated with other ailments; whereas, most of those discharged had no co-morbidities, confirming the general observation that risks are higher for those with illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and non- communicable diseases.”

He said though it is too early to generalize about mortality trend or even rates of recoveries and discharge, as compared to new cases, but it is time enough to advise that all persons who have, or may be suspected to be hypertensive, diabetic, had treatment for kidney or liver disease, cancer, HIV, TB or even those 60 years and above, are more vulnerable and need to better protect themselves or be protected”, he added.

Dr. Ehanire further stated that the core response strategy of the Federal Ministry of Health, which is based on trace, test, isolate and treat, has yielded visible result as 389 new single-day cases was recorded yesterday, 28th May, 2020 bringing the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 34 states and FCT to 8,733 of which 2,501 have been successfully treated and discharged.

The Honourable Minister also reveal that the concern is not just about the increasing number of covid-19 confirmed cases but that every life matters, and also the capacity of our health system to cope, saying Nigeria presently has over 112 treatment and isolation centers in the 35 states and FCT with over 5,000 beds, but not all States have made it up to at least 300 beds prescribed for isolation and treatment. “We need to continue increasing bed capacity to match the probable number of patients, so that we do not experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals.“ The Federal Government is therefore calling on activists and philanthropists to work with State Governments in concerted steps to scale up non-pharmaceutical measures and beef up infrastructural assets for isolation and treatment in their states.

Speaking further, Dr. Ehanire disclosed that Nigeria is participating in the WHO solidarity trial as part of the global efforts to find a cure for COVID-19 and that this trial will be reviewed by the nation’s panel of Experts. He also revealed that Ministry of Health has received the Madagascar herbs and have found it to consist of two varieties; one labeled to be for prevention and the other for treatment. Samples have been given to 3 Agencies of the Ministry and also to Ministry of Science & Technology. These are normal processes for new preparations to be approved for use in Nigeria, and include toxicological and efficacy tests and clinical trials, stressing that Government will investigate all genuine efforts to find home grown solutions to the pandemic.

The Honourable Minister commended the healthcare workers for their service and sacrifices in the fight against the pandemic and urged everyone to do their bids in order to avoid a spike in infection rates. “The responsibility for protecting ourselves and each other is therefore with all of us, hence the urgency for use of masks outside our homes and for social distancing. It is especially important where we have gatherings, like in markets. Until a cure or vaccine is found, prevention is still the best approach to controlling community spread of the virus.”




Blessing Egbo
SIO (Information}
For: Director Information

Apart from the global efforts to find a cure or vaccine for COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world since November 2019, Nigeria is making efforts to find local remedy for the treatment and cure of Coronavirus.

The Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Momora disclosed this during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Press Briefing of Wednesday, 27th May, 2020.   He stated that the Federal Government has received few proposals for local remedies for the disease and these have been forwarded to the relevant agencies for evaluation.

Dr. Mamora recalled that last week, the Federal Ministry of Health’s team held a virtual meeting with Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners (TCAM), to discuss and explore opportunities for local solutions to the COVID-19 Pandemic. “The meeting provided an opportunity for the practitioners to understand the procedures for validating medicines for use in the country.”  He assured TCAM that Government would support every genuine efforts aimed at finding solutions to the pandemic.

The Minister said that Government’s response strategy is based on trace, test isolate and treat. “Today I shall focus on our isolation and treatment strategies. As at this morning, we have recorded a total of 8,344 confirmed cases in 34 states and FCT out of which 2,385 have been successfully treated and discharged. Unfortunately we have recorded 249 deaths. While most of those who die are associated with co-morbidities, we find that 3 out of 4 of those who have been discharged were without co-morbidities”, the minister disclosed.

He further stated that there is general reduction in mortality trend and continuous improvement in recoveries as shown in discharges compared to the increase in number of confirmed cases, though he said he is not surprised about the increasing number of confirmed cases because very high cases could seriously exceed the capacity of our health system to cope.

Continuing, Dr. Mamora said that at present, Nigeria has a total of 112 treatment and isolation centers in all the 36 States and FCT with 5,324 beds, while only five states including the FCT have at least 300 beds as prescribed for isolation and treatment; 21 States have less than 100 bed spaces. He informed that as the number of confirmed cases increases, there is an urgent need to expand our treatment centers across the country.  The Minister therefore called on the State Governors and philanthropists to take active and deliberate steps to scale up the number of beds for isolation and treatment of confirmed cases in their States.

Mamora said Nigeria is preparing to move into the next phase of the response, including the easing of the lockdown, having conducted a high level technical session on strategic outputs of Mid-Action Review (MAR) and identified priority activities for the next phase of the response, adding that Government has commenced development of sector specific advisories on re-opening, while training of health workers on case management is ongoing in more States.

Dr. Mamora stated that the Federal Government is anxious to find a cure for COVID-19, but would not compromise the health of any Nigerian to do trial and error.  Whatever is approved for use in Nigeria must meet the required standard as determined by the relevant agencies. He advised against crowding up as this increases the risk of transmission. “Prevention is still the best approach to containing the virus”, the Minister stated.





Brendam Nwokike (Assistant Chief Information Officer)
For:  Director, Information, Media & P.R., FMoH.

BENIN CITY, Wednesday, 27th May, 2020 - The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has commended His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, His Excellency, Philip Shuaibu, the Deputy-Governor and their team for putting in place, the Level 3 Bio-safety Molecular Laboratory cited in Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin City as well as the 500-bed COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, declaring the readiness of Edo State to ensure the health of the people of the State.

The Honourable Minister who had nothing short of commendation for the Obaseki-led State Government said his earlier call on all States to partner with the Federal Government to put in place no less than 300-bed Isolation and Treatment Centre to be able to respond appropriately to fight COVID-19 in any corner of Nigeria was heeded and exceeded by Governor Godwin Obaseki and his team, given what he and his team from Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) could see at Benin City on Wednesday, 27th May, 2020.

The Level 3 Bio-safety Molecular Laboratory cited in Edo Specialist Hospital, the Honourable Minister’s Team was told, was aimed at handling such diseases as SARS-COV 2 Virus, Ebola virus, Lassa virus and other infectious diseases. Experts who were on hand to show the Honourable Minister’s team around the facility also revealed that the centre can also run samples such as all forms of viral loads, Tuberculosis PCR and Fungi PCR.  

The visiting FMOH team were wowed by the additional facilities which came with the Molecular Laboratory: Separate rooms such as Donning room, Deactivation room, Extraction room, Master Mix room, Amplification room, Doffing room and Bio-repository room especially as they were briefed on the health care givers deploy these facilities to serve the people of Edo and others. The Laboratory was also revealed to have the capability to run both manual and automated nucleic acid extraction and can release 94 results of patients within 3 to 4 hours with the real time PCR machine in place.

The Honourable Minister’s Team was also acquainted with the fact that the Laboratory has the additional capacity to function as a Research Centre and can keep database of Infectious sample of up to 15,000 samples with the gigantic -86 degree ultra-low freezer, especially with its consortium of highly trained and seasoned Molecular specialist with different areas of Molecular specialization. Given the special programmes and manpower behind the Lab Centre, it has been tagged a reference Molecular centre.

The Medical team Lead at the Lab Centre further disclosed that it has the capacity to serve all the States in the whole of South-South geo-political zone of the country with the plans by the Edo State Government and the Consortium of Scientists at the disposal of the Centre to upgrade the Centre for analysis like Next Generation sequencing and Microarray.

At the 500-bed COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Benin City, Dr. Osagie Ehanire was visibly impressed that the facility has now become a totally repurposed and dedicated a Centre for COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre which takes care of all the concerns associated with COVID-19 treatment: The need to mentally distract patients with some form of entertainment to aid their quick recovery from the disease.  For this, recreation and interaction section was added for children and adult patients.

HMH Dr. Osagie Ehanire inspecting facilities at the commissioned Laboratory.

The Federal Ministry of Health’s team to the inspection and commissioning of the Health Facilities in Edo State include the Director of Hospital Services, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, the Prof Darlington Obaseki Chief Medical Director (CMD) of University of Benin Teaching Hospital, CMD of Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State, the Senior Technical Assistant to the Honourable Minister, Dr. Chris Osa Isokpunwu and the others, whilst the Edo State Government’s Team that came on the inspection and commissioning include His Excellency (H.E.), Governor Godwin Obaseki, H.E. Phillip Shuaibu , Barrister Osarodion Ogie (Secretary to the State Government), Mr. Ethan  Uzamere (Chief of Staff to the Governor), HC Dr. Patrick Okundia (The Commissioner of Health), Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa (The Permanent Secretary in Edo State Ministry of Health), CEO Edo Specialist Hospital, Dr. Ebowonyi (The CMD, Stella Obasanjo Hospital), Dr. Uzor Okonmah (Health Consultant) and Dr. Richie Odigie (Health Consultant).

Whilst expressing the gratitude of Edo State Government and People to the visiting Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire who also happens to be a “Son of the soil”, H.E. Governor Godwin Obaseki disclosed that many indigenes and citizens of Edo State assisted his Government to put the repurposed and dedicated health facilities which were commissioned and inspected in place and along with the visiting team, he gave his gratitude.  The Governor however told his people that even with the facilities put together, “It is not yet uhuru because of the community spread of COVID-19 and the centrality of Edo State’s location.”




Olujimi Oyetomi
Director, Information, Media & Relations.

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire on behalf of himself, the Honourable Minister of State, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, and the Management of Federal Ministry of Health hereby extend hearty felicitations to all Staff, Health Care Workers especially our Muslim Colleagues, and indeed to all Muslims on the occasion of the completion of this year’s Ramadan fasting. Ramadan Kareem.

The Honourable Minister, while also wishing Muslims happy Sallah Celebrations, enjoin all Nigerians, especially Muslims to observe all protocols that will help stave off the spread of COVID-19:

“Wear Face Mask, Wash your hands constantly with soap under running water, do not go to large gatherings; Remember, it is each person for himself and each for everyone else. Corona Virus is real, keep safe to be alive.”
Happy Eid Mubarak!




A.M Abdullahi
Permanent Secretary, Health.

Ramadan Kareem: Ramadan Felicitations from the Honourable Minister of Health & Honourable Minister of State, Health

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire on behalf of himself, the Honourable Minister of State, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, and the Management of Federal Ministry of Health hereby extend hearty felicitations to all Staff, Health Care Workers especially our Muslim Colleagues, and indeed to all Muslims on the occasion of the completion of this year’s Ramadan fasting. Ramadan Kareem.

The Honourable Minister, while also wishing Muslims happy Sallah Celebrations, enjoin all Nigerians, especially Muslims to observe all protocols that will help stave off the spread of COVID-19:

“Wear Face Mask, Wash your hands constantly with soap under running water, do not go to large gatherings; Remember, it is each person for himself and each for everyone else. Corona Virus is real, keep safe to be alive.”

Happy Eid Mubarak!

A.M Abdullahi

Permanent Secretary, Health.

The House of Representatives Committee on Health Institution has commended the Honourable Minister of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health for efforts at curtailing COVID-19 in Nigeria. The commendation by the Representatives was conveyed to the Honourable Minister through a letter signed by Honourable Pascal Obi, the Chairman of the House Committee, dated 5th May, 2020.

In the letter, Comrade Pascal Obi wrote:  “I write on behalf of the 9th National Assembly House of Representatives Committee on Health Institution to you and your team to express our sincere appreciation of the highly commendable efforts being put in by you and your various teams at ensuring the curtailing of the COVID-19 in Nigeria.”

The Reps singled out for particular mention, “The patriotism exhibited by the various professional associations and unions in collaborating among themselves and with Government” through the Federal Ministry of Health as “unprecedented.”  They mentioned in particular, “The Honourable Minister of State, the Permanent Secretary, the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (who called off their strikes in some States and FCT to put in their best), JOHESU, and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, etc who sheathed their swords of demands from Federal Government and encouraged their members to put in their best at defeating the people’s common enemy of the time – CORONA VIRUS.”

In further commendation of “the professionalism, courage and resolute determination to win the battle against COVID-19 Pandemic in record time”, the House of Representatives Committee on Health Institution expressed the note that they may not have been in the field with the Health Team “physically as in direct over sighting”, but they “closely monitor the activities through other genuine legal and scientific methods.”  The Committee said, “the directive of the President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces based on the advice from the Health Team with the support of the leadership of the National Assembly, for the total lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and FCT made the idea of physical oversight impossible.”

The Reps remarked that the record of the Health Team under the supervision of the Honourable Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire so far, “points towards record-breaking which the World Health Organization (WHO) and other like-minded groups are already acknowledging.”
In the same vein, DAAR Communications PLC has expressed “utmost and deep appreciation” for the efforts the Federal Government put in place in the treatment and overall management” of “the Chairman”, Raymond Dokpesi Jr, his “family members and staff of DAAR Communications PLC that recently tested positive to COVID-19.”

The letter of appreciation signed by the Chairman, DAAR Communications PLC, Raymond Dokpesi Jr, dated May 18, 2020, said the efforts of the Health Team under Dr. Osagie Ehanire “rekindles hope that our dear country can attain the best of standards in health care delivery if the right funding, processes and procedures are adopted.”

The DAAR Communications PLC Chairman pledged on behalf of his organization, the readiness to “continue to provide the support needed to improve Nigeria’s health system and indeed, other facets of our national life.”





Olujimi Oyetomi
Director, Information, Media & Public Realtions,
FMoH.

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has called on State Governments to intensify efforts at surveillance and contact tracing as the nation’s testing capacity is currently being underutilized. He made this call at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Press Briefing held on Thursday, 21st May, 2020.

Dr. Ehanire disclosed that there are currently 26 laboratories spread in 17 States, bringing about increase in the Nation’s testing capacity.  The Honourable Minister however said, “While our daily testing capacity is presently at 2,500, unfortunately, we are presently able to test less than 1,500. This is due largely to inadequate surveillance and contact tracing in the States. As more laboratories come on board, I would like to use this opportunity to call on State Governments to increase the number of surveillance teams so that more testing can be done in the laboratories”, he said.

The Honourable Minister of Health also revealed that new key performance indicators (KPIs) to track surveillance strategic directions and programmes have been developed and there is going to be collaborations with States to establish protocols that improve communication and reporting.

The Honourable Minister informed that the nation has recorded a total of 6,677 confirmed cases in 34 states and the F.C.T out of which I, 840 have been successfully treated and discharged. Unfortunately we have recorded 200 deaths in 25 States and the F.C.T as 21st May, 2020.   He however added that caution is being applied to the numbers to ensure that the figures announced are accurate. “Sometimes, there are errors, but we correct them as soon as they are noticed”, he added.

Dr. Ehanire also said that finding from the analysis of the deaths shows that nearly half of them died at home. “Of those who died at home, about 50% did not show any symptom. “This underscores my earlier emphasis on the need for those who test positive to report for treatment.  I would also advise those who have taken the test and are awaiting result to heed the advisory to self-isolate from friends, wear face masks and observe hand and respiratory hygiene until your result is released. By so doing, you will be protecting your family, your friends and your community.”

Dr. Ehanire further told the Media that the fact finding team that was sent to Cross River State have returned and have been able to identify areas of need in the State. He said that the Federal Government shall explore the possibility of upgrading laboratories in the State to ensure ease of testing when suspected cases are identified. Similarly, he stated that the development in Lagos where doctors are restricting their services to between the hours of 8am and 6pm because of the enforcement of the dusk to dawn curfew by security operatives has been resolved.” “I have been in touch with the NMA chairman in Lagos State and the State Commissioner of Health.  I wish to thank our doctors and other health workers for their understanding. Our health workers are our foot soldiers and we would ensure that they are able to discharge their duties unhindered.”  He also hinted that, with the scale up training of health workers on infection prevention and control, infection among our health workers has reduced significantly.

The Minister urged Nigerians to adhere to the advisories and guideline by the PTF such as proper usage of the masks, social distancing, hand washing, adding that the  stay-at-home advisory needs to be more strictly adhered to; and citizens need not undercut the ban on inter-State travel.





Eunice Akro
For:  Director, Information, Media & Public Relations.
   

The Honourable Minister of State, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora has expressed the commitment of Government to source for local treatment solutions to the challenge posed by COVID-19.  He said the net for the search is being casted wide to source for solutions put forward by Traditional Medical Practitioners (TMPs) by ensuring that the right protocol is executed.

Dr. Mamora made this declaration today, Thursday, 21st May, 2020 when he led the Team of Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) to engage with Traditional Medical and Herbal Practitioners who made submissions through the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Department of the Ministry.  

The engagement was by teleconferencing with some practitioners, especially those making new claims which have not been listed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and subjected to trials, being physically present, while others attended online.  In all, 17 Claimants participated in the novel FMoH meeting with the TMPs.

The Honourable Minister of State said the Ministry is determined to facilitate the process of sourcing for local treatment solutions from the TMPs through its relevant Agencies which also participated in the meeting. Dr. Mamora, who expressed his deep respect for the right processes of adopting drugs for treatment said that for both orthodox medical practitioners and traditional medical or herbal practitioners, “the sky is wide enough to accommodate all birds”, declared that “We must engage to chart a way forward.”

The Honourable Minister of State earlier remarked that everyone knows that some medicines were discovered from nature, mainly plants, water, earth, sun and animal. “Hence it is pertinent to say that plants have been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history.”  He cited examples in the Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings which describe medicinal uses of plants:  “Indigenous cultures (such as Africans and Native Americans) use herbs in their healing rituals, while others developed traditional medicinal systems (such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) in which herbal therapies were used”, Dr. Mamora said.

The Honourable Minister also declared the recognition of the FMoH for the role of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in health care delivery especially at the primary health care level. “Accordingly”, Dr. Mamora said, “the Ministry has shown interest in the development, promotion, commercialization and institutionalization of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Practices in Nigeria.  He listed some steps taken by Government in recognizing TCAM practices to include:
i.    Establishment of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research & Development
ii.    The development and launching of the Traditional Medicine Policy for Nigeria 2007, currently under review;
iii.    The production of the first edition of Nigeria Herbal Pharmacopoeia in 2008, currently working on the 2nd edition;
iv.    Listing of herbal medicinal products by NAFDAC
v.    The upgrading of the Traditional Medicine Development Division to the Department of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2018 and the annual celebration of the African Traditional Medicine Day on 31stof August.
vi.    The on-going collaboration with the University of Benin to set up a TCAM Institute and TCAM Hospitals; with plans to commence work on the database of TCAM practitioners in Nigeria and to train them in collaboration with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD).
vii.    On-going process to ensure that the TCAM Bill is sent to the Federal Executive Council for consideration.

Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora assured the participants in the meeting of the Ministry’s resolve to forward submissions of the meeting to NAFDAC and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) for urgent necessary action saying that “The outcome of their analysis and evaluation on your products will inform appropriate recommendation to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.”





Olujimi Oyetomi
Director, Information, Media & Public Relations
FMoH.

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