ABU Professor Develops 2 Antimalarial Drugs
Nigeria may one day stop relying on foreign countries, especially for disease discovery and development of drugs.
A professor with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Umar Katsayel, has developed two antimalarial drugs that can compete with other relevant drugs in the treatment of malaria parasites.
Katsayel told the News Agency of Nigeri in Sandmu, near Daura, on Monday that "the drugs were developed from the roots of Cissampelos mucronata plant and the stem-bark of Plumeria rubra plant.
"They are common herbs found around the vicinity," he added.
According to him, 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 also told the News Agency of Nigeria 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 Nigeria.
His target is to help ensure that an end comes to Nigeria's dependence on foreign countries, especially for disease discovery and development of drugs.
He lauded the efforts of the Federal Government at promoting academic research and investigations.
Professor Katsayel was a former member of the Federal House of Representatives who represented the Sandamu, Maiadua and Daura federal constituency.