ACE-PUTOR Ends Symposium On COVID - 19 Dietary Remedies

By Otikor Samuel


In line with its mandate of constant engagements in cuttingedge research to solve public health issues and improve on healthy practices, the World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Public Health and Toxicological Research (ACEPUTOR), has ended a one-day symposium to create awareness on plant-based dietary remedies for the treatment of the ravaging COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. The public symposium with the theme, “Surviving Viral Pandemics in Resource-Challenged Economies: The Place of Plant-Based Dietary Remedies” was jointly organised with the Nutrition and Food Safety and Wholesomeness on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium, University Park. In his address, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Stephen Okodudu, who commended the organisers for the symposium, stated that consumers were becoming better informed about the beneficial effects of medicinal drugs harnessed from plants and other natural sources. “Again, to know that this symposium is based on the emerging evidence from doctoral researches conducted at our own ACE-PUTOR has seriously rekindled hope that Nigerian universities and research centres can rise to the challenge if given the enabling environment and properly motivated,” the Acting Vice Chancellor said, in his speech read by the Academic Coordinator, Professor Abduralzaq Kilani. Earlier, the Coordinator of World Bank Africa Centres of Excellence in the University, Professor Onyewuchi Akaranta, said the symposium was in line with the research component of the core mandate of the University. He stressed the critical place of research to the growth of UniPort as an Entrepreneurial University.The Centre Leader, Dr Daprim Ogaji, in his welcome address, stated that the presentations highlighted evidence on therapeutic potencies of different constituents of plant-based diets against respiratory viruses and coronavirus.
Dr Benson Ephraim-Emmanuel made presentations of Food Substances and Viruses and Dietary Quercetin as Potential Therapy against COVID-19, Francis Umeoguaju spoke on Plant-derived Food Grade Substances that are Active against Respiratory Viruses, while Joy Uba delivered a Paper on Nutritional Remedies for COVID-19.

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