FDA approves clinical trial for first-ever herbal medicine for COVID-19 treatment

FDA approves clinical trial for first-ever herbal medicine for COVID-19 treatment

- Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority has approved a clinical trial of a herbal medicine for COVID-19 treatment as active cases increase

- Active cases stand at 5,358.

- So far, 416 people have died from the deadly contagion with 170 and 44 persons in severe and critical conditions respectively.

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A herbal medicine, Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, has been approved for a clinical trial in Ghana for the treatment of COVID-19.

Known locally as ‘Nibima’, Cryptolepis sanguinolenta's approval for the trial was announced on Monday, February 1, 2021, by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

This comes at the time the country is reeling under the devastating nature of the scourge.

FDA approves clinical trial for first-ever herbal medicine for COVID-19 treatment

FDA CEO Delese Darko. Image credit: Foods and Drugs Authority Ghana
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Ghana recorded its first case of the virus on March 12, 2020, from two people who arrived in the country—a Ghanaian and a Norwegian national.

Ghana has since the inception of January witnessed an astronomical surge in case count. Active cases stand at 5,358. So far, 416 people have died from the deadly contagion with 170 and 44 persons in severe and critical conditions respectively.

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In a communiqué issued and signed by the CEO of the FDA and sighted by YEN.com.gh, the clinical trials will be conducted at two locations.

The herbal medicine developed by the School of Public Health at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was submitted to the FDA for the clinical trial in September 2020 and approval was granted in January 2021.

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Meanwhile, Ghana is set to procure over 17 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June.

President Nana Akufo-Addo made this known when he delivered the 23rd COVID-19 national address on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

The first batch of the COVID-19 vaccines is expected to arrive in the country by March 2021.

In other news, YEN.com.gh earlier filed a report of how the Founder and leader of the Action Chapel International, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, was spotted wearing two masks at the same time.

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He was spotted with the double mask at the funeral of the late former President of Ghana, Ft Lt Jerry John Rawlings, at the Black Star Square on January 27, 2021.

His unwavering faith in God and the power that lies in prayer has gotten some people wondering why he was doubly serious about preventing COVID-19.

The much-revered man of God has explained why he wore double facemasks at the funeral of former President Jerry John Rawlings.

He disclosed that he received a lot of calls from friends and congregants curious to know if his action had something to do with divine instruction.

“Any atmosphere that is not prayer and Holy Ghost saturated, I will use my double mask and that has nothing to do with the faith that just has to do with common sense.

“For the bible says, ‘Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can imagine,’ that word imagine means ‘think’ and it is common sense so use your head,” he stated.

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