Niger varsity working on use of vegetables for COVID-19 treatment

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Researchers at the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University Lapai are making breakthrough in the use of homegrown Nigeria vegetables for the treatment of COVID-19, Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Abu Kasim Adamu, has said.

Professor Adamu stated this at the weekend at the 16th inaugural lecture delivered by Professor Amanabo Musa of the Department of Biochemistry of the university.

He said, “The IBB University Research Community is working towards the use of vegetables for the treatment of Covid-19. The research is purely on potency of some Nigerian vegetables as therapy to the scourge”.

The vice chancellor said that the preliminary investigation by the researchers has hypothetically explained that there are evidences to prove that some Nigerian vegetables have therapeutically elements that could remedy the scourge of coronavirus.

In the inaugural lecture, Professor Amanabo Musa called on government to impose strict regulations on the use of synthetic or chemical fertilizers in the cultivation of leafy vegetables.

He said, “The use of chemical fertilizer increases the formation of anti-nutrients ant toxic substances in vegetables and thereby reduces the nutritional quality and acceptability”.

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Professor Musa insisted that the organically produced leafy vegetables should be massively encouraged by the agricultural extension section of ministry of agriculture at federal and state levels.

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