Nigerian University develops antimalarial drugs

A professor in Nigerian university has developed two antimalarial drugs which he believes can favourably compete with other existing drugs in combating the ailment.

Prof Umar Katsayel of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, made the revelation on Monday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Katsayel said his drugs were were developed using the roots of Cissampelous mucronat plant and the stem-bark of Plumeria rubra plant, "adding they are common herbs found around the vicinity".

He noted that the drugs are yet to be made available for public consumption as they have been subjected to various laboratory examinations to determine their efficacy and toxicity.

"We would soon make the drugs public after observing the obvious certification process with the relevant regulatory bodies," Katsayel said.

While stressing that his breakthrough was a product of years of hard academic researches and investigations. a product of years of hard academic researches and investigations, he commended the management of the university for according him the 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, adding that Nigeria can not continue to depend on foreign countries, especially for disease discovery and development of drugs.

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