The House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to fund the National Institute for Research and Development to develop traditional medicines.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion filed by Rep. Bashiru Dawodu (APC-Lagos) said such funding would help to develop traditional medicine for disease management.
In his motion, the lawmaker said herbal-based medicines played significant roles in disease management in Africa and were widely used as alternative medicines.
He noted that scientists had tried to find a cure for COVID-19, and that research in traditional and orthodox medicine as a potential therapy for the virus, had been prevented from being made public.
According to him, there have been several declarations on herbal remedies for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, but such claims were difficult to verify because of lack of documented evidence.
Dawodu added that researching into traditional medicines had a huge potential for health and socio-economic development of Nigeria and of Africa.
He expressed concerns that no herbal remedy had been validated for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 even as it kept infecting Africans.
The House consequently urged NAFDAC to explore more possibilities in traditional medicine.