- A professor with the Ahmadu Bello University, Umar Katsayel, has developed two potent anti-malarial drugs
- He said the drugs were made from common herbs and would soon be made public after getting the necessary certification
- The don also urged fellow academics to intensify efforts on research, so as to fast-track Nigeria’s socio-economic development
Prof Umar Katsayel of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has developed two anti-malarial drugs that can compete with other relevant drugs in the treatment of malaria parasites.
Katsayel disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeri (NAN) in Sandmu, near Daura, on Monday, May 7.
NAIJ.com gathers that he disclosed that the drugs were developed from the roots of Cissampelous mucronat plant and the stem-bark of Plumeria rubra plant, adding that "they are common herbs found around the vicinity”.
He said the drugs were subjected to various laboratory examinations to determine their efficacy and toxicity before consumption.
“We would soon make the drugs public after certifying the obvious certification process with the relevant regulatory bodies," the don said.
He said that the development of the drugs was a product of years of hard academic researches and investigations. "We would redouble our efforts to develop as many drugs as possible,” he said.
Katsayel commended the management of the University for giving him the enabling environment to achieve the feat. He urged fellow academics to intensify efforts on research so as to fast-track the socio-economic development of the nation.
He said gone were the days when the nation would solely depend on foreign countries, especially for disease discovery and development of drugs.
The professor lauded the efforts of the federal government at promoting academic research and investigations.
Katsayel is also a former member of the Federal House of Representatives who represented the Sandamu, Maiadua and Daura federal constituency.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that following intensive research by its Department of Medical Micro Biology and Parasitology, the University of Lagos announced that it invented a new method of diagnosing malaria.
The director, research and innovation of the institution, Prof. Wellington Oyibo, said the university’s research on malaria testing without the use of blood was validated in 2016.
He said that by the feat, the institution was fast becoming a clinical trial site for diagnosis in the country.
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