Ooni Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi in partnership with Dr. Akintunde Ayeni unveils indigenous cure for COVID-19
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has unveiled a series of traditional medicines, made from local herbs, that boost human’s immune system against infectious diseases, including the rampaging Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The product launch, which held at the Ile Oodua Palace of Ile-Ife on Thursday, was done through a platform called Herbal Remedies with the Ooni as the Chairman, in partnership with ace traditionalist, Dr. Akintunde Ayeni, C.E.O/Chairman of YEMKEM International LTD.
Addressing newsmen, the Ooni 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.
“We are not doing this in isolation and I am happy to inform you that the National Assembly is currently working on a bill submitted by the Federal Executive Council.
“The bill has passed through several legislative procedures and shall be passed into law very soon,“ he said.
The Ooni said a foundation has been launched for indigenous research-based initiatives in traditional medicines.
“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 disclosed that their focus was to employ 100,000 youths within the next fifteen months.
In his goodwill message, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, commended the Ooni over the innovation, adding that many youths would be engaged productively.