27 January 2021 By By Josiah Buzun
The African Center for excellence in Phytomedicine Research and Development, University of Jos says it has completed the training of staff on usage of the state of the art equipment for research in different fields.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Sebastian Maimako stated this while addressing Journalists in Jos .
Professor Maimako said the Center also sponsored 329 students from Mali, Togo, Benin Republic, Kenya, Uganda ,Liberia and Nigeria on a post graduate program from 2015 to 2019.
He said many of the students had completed their programs and are now fully engaged in healthcare delivery in hospitals , Universities , Pharmaceutical companies and Non Governmental Organizations among others.
The VC said the center, in response to the COVID 19 pandemic also carried out research and developed a herbal tea to fight the disease which has been registered with the Ministry of trade Commerce and industry as well as NAFDAC and is awaiting certification before commercialization.
He however noted that the tea is not being sold as speculated.
Professor Maimako noted that the center is now adopting a self sustaining and revenue generating model following the gradual stoppage of the world bank 8million dollar grant.
He said the center also has the challenge of accessing other grants which affected continuity in research activities and late graduation of some students as a result of the COVID 19 Pandemic.
The African Center for excellence in Phytomedicine was established to provide a level playing ground that will stimulate research and training , facilitate dissemination, share academic, socio economic and cultural development in Africa.