Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has unveiled a series of traditional medicines made from local herbs, that boost the human immune system against infectious diseases, including the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The trado-medicine products were unveiled by the Ooni in partnership with Dr. Akintunde Ayeni, C.E.O/Chairman of YEMKEM International Limited, at the Ile Oodua Palace of Ile-Ife on Thursday.
According to the first-class monarch, the products have been approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Control, (NAFDAC) and was tested on COVID-19 positive patients in the country.
He wondered why the African continent imports medicines and other medical ingredients from developed countries.
According to him, it is a proven fact, which is equally established by the World Health Organisation, that Africa has the best herbs which can be used for vaccine production.
He commended the Federal Government and other relevant agencies for their supports towards the successful production of the product.
He said a foundation has been launched for indigenous research-based initiatives in traditional medicines.
He said: “I am very honoured to be in partnership with the oldest, YEMKEM International, which has been in the industry for the past 40 years.
“He owns the largest (herbal medicine) production plant in Nigeria; We have been on this for over one year during which we have worked with various stakeholders in the health sector, including the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
“To the glory of God, NAFDAC gave us all the approvals last September but I insisted that the products be packaged properly.
“To the glory of God, these products have been tested, especially on thousands of COVID-19 patients, including some in positions of authority who are currently free from the pandemic,’’ the Oba said.
He added that the foundation’s focus was to employ 100,000 youths within the next fifteen months.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of Yem-Kem International Group, Ayeni, said the Verozil is an immune booster which takes care of new infection including, the ravaging Covid-19.