COVID-19: The Plant Medicine Research Center develops herbal drugs for treatment | Health
Dr Kofi Bobi Barimah, executive director of the Plant Medicine Research Center (CPMR), has hinted that they will soon put on sale two herbal drugs developed to treat COVID-19.
Dr Barimah said the two herbal products had been sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research to determine their antiviral properties for treating the virus.
He said they also had an herbal malaria product, which was also undergoing antibacterial research and clinical trials at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
“We hope that the herbal products will be released before the end of the year, probably during our birthday celebration in November,” he added.
The Centre’s Executive Director made the remarks on the sidelines of the Centre’s tree planting exercise that he undertook in five selected schools on Akuapem Ridge in the Eastern Region for the celebration of their 45th anniversary.
The Center planted a total of 25 trees, or five trees in each of the five schools, and presented each of the schools with 40 packs of bottled water, 10 packs of nose masks and two boxes of hand sanitizers.
The schools were the Demonstration School for the Deaf, Presbyterian High School, School for the Blind, Okuapeman High School, and Nana Ankobeaa Takyiwaa Basic School.
The trees planted were Khaya senegalensis (mahogany), Chrrysophyllum Aibidum (African Star Apple) and Cassia spp. (Gold medallion tree).
Dr Barimah said the herbal products have been shown to be effective in treating illnesses, saying this is testament to the many people who have visited the Center in the wake of the pandemic.
He said: “We realized that a lot of people became interested in herbal medicine during the pandemic.”
“Before COVID-19, we had 70 to 80 people coming to our center. But now we have over a hundred people who regularly visit our center, ”he added.
The general manager called on the public, especially young people, to take an interest in planting herbal trees in their communities.
The Center for Plant Medicine Research turns 46 in November of this year; however, the Center will commemorate its 45th anniversary this year 2021, as it was unable to do so last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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