Determined to encourage scientific-based indigenous natural medicine, the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, NIMR, and PaxHerbals have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PaxHerbals to achieve research continuum in natural drug discovery, clinical verification, observation and analysis of herbal products.
They will be finding solutions to mostly diseases that affect Nigerians including such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Sickle-cell disorder, Diabetes and Hypertension, among others.
According to the terms and reference, both parties would be sharing information on various medicinal plants used locally, source raw materials from the relevant sector for drug preparation and development, submit finished products and raw materials for any phytochemical and toxicity analysis that will give valuable information for drug discovery and NIMR is to contribute it technical and administrative expertise to paxherbals among others.
Speaking at the official signing of the MoU, the Director, PaxHerbals, Rev. Anselm Adodo, said: “It is time to develop our medicine and develop specific drug for use, capable of projecting us as a serious nation and for income generation.
“For PaxHerbals, it is historic and a milestone on herbal medicine in Nigeria, we are inspired and encouraged. It is not just saying but to put it in practice because that is the way to move things forward. Traditional Medicine is the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.”
Signing the MoU, the Director General, NIMR, Prof. Babatunde Salako, explained that the MoU was part of the mandate of the institute to collaborate with Universities, ministries, communities and private bodies on health research.
Salako explained that MoU would ensure that herbal products are given proper attention in terms of research and credibility. “We are willing to help PaxHerbals look into the alternative medicine and determine its effectiveness in human and check the toxicity in animals as this MoU is to guide our activities.”
Assuring that their patent would be protected, he said: “Trust is important to us and we will observe the rules to the latter. I want to state as well that NIMR will not hesitate to terminate any MoU once it suspects any under dealing. We will relate with every organisation on Traditional medicine research on merits without fear or favour.”
Adodo said: “It is a challenge for us to proffer indigenous herbal solutions to diseases known to man. NIMR as a research institute is up to the task. We are like a middle-man that is ready to bring forward hidden herbal medicines to this institute for proper standardisation, and onward move to international scene. People have a great confidence and trust in Paxherbals. I am personally saddened when a custodian of herbal solutions dies. It is like a whole library building going up in flames. We are on the right path.”