Group seeks A’ govt collaboration in Agric for pharmaceutical research

By Isaac Jacob

Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urged Akwa Ibom State government to partner through the Ministry of Agriculture to provide a research farm for products needed in drugs manufacturing .

It maintained that such partnership will promote pharmaceutical growth in the state.

Speaking in Uyo on Sunday , the State Chairman of PSN, Dr. Akwaowo Akpabio, told the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Offiong Offor, that the collaboration became necessary since the ministry of agriculture is saddled with the responsibility to plan, devise and implement the state policies on agricultural resources.

Akpabio observed that plants and herbs such as Artemesia Anua which could be sourced locally can help in medical research and the production of clinical drugs.

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“Our collaboration will further improve the utilization of untapped medicinal plants in healthcare services in the state and the country at large.

“The research and development will also help in the development of high standard active pharmaceutical ingredients from various plant and animal sources,” he said.

According to him, such move will sustain the industrialization agenda of the present administration in the state.

The Commissioner noted that the move was timely and in the right direction, assuring the readiness of the state government to immediately commence the paperwork for the research farm.

She promised to continue in the partnership with the association in all their future programmes as pharmacists depend on plants and livestock to produce pharmaceutical products.

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