CU Signs Pact with Health Forever, Nigeria
Covenant University and Health Forever, a registered healthcare provider which provides alternative herbal preparations, entered into a partnership on Friday, November 16, 2015, to provide a framework for collaboration on the development of new herbal products (otherwise termed as, ‘Collaboration Products’).
The partnership also covers collaborations on training and dissemination of research information, emanating from the efforts of both parties, which are central to the growth of the Nigerian health sector and her integration into global discourse.
The articles postulate that the parties shall conduct programs and activities inAfrican traditional medicines, basic and applied research, education and training, and information transfer which will enhance the programs of each party; taking the form of conferences, training workshop, symposium and exhibitions on herbal products and healthcare delivery.
The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, in hisremarks on the occasion, expressed his excitement to find one traditional herbal establishment that is discernibly free from fetish maneuvers. Hepointed out that the trend in moving away from conventional medicine to herbal medicine, is because herbal products are considered to be less toxic tothe body.
“Drugs obtained from chemical products have been proven to come with very damaging side-effects and that has endeared me to herbal alternatives. We have an organisation that is already ahead in this, all we need is to work with them and move ahead” he commented.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun appreciated the Health Forever Team, for their effort to establish a working partnership with the University. He stated that the University has a mandate from God to raise a new generation of leaders. He also emphasised the vision of the University to be among the top ten universities in the world by the year2022; emphasising the need for partnerships in order to actualise the vision.
The Managing Director of Health Forever Nigeria, Otunba Olajuwon Okubena, expressed gratitude, in what he described as the magnanimity of Covenant University in not condemning or looking down on herbal medicine. “This,” hesaid, “is because many people in Africa consider it fetish; especially given the fact that this is a Christian University.”
Otunba Okubena noted that the Bible has a lot to say about herbal medicine and actually supports it. He stated that the Bible advices on sticking to herbs for food and medication; quoting Genesis 1:29, “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
He also mentioned Ezekiel 47:12, “And by the river upon the bank thereof, onthis side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall notfade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.”
Otunba Okubena concluded his scriptural references with Revelations 22:2,which states, “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river,was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of thenations.”
According to Otunba Okubena, the drugs produced by traditional herbal practice are therapeutic (relating to the healing of disease) as against theprophylactic (preventive) qualities of the orthodox medicine. He mentioned some of the company’s products including a herbal antioxidant, a herbal product for malaria and a herbal medication for erectile dysfunction (ED).
Present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, Professor Samuel Wara; the Director, Industry Partnership, Professor Olawale Obembe; the Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Akan Williams; Dr. Solomon Oranusi and Dr. Humphery Adebayo, all of the Biological Sciences Department; a memberof the Legal Team, Barr. (Mrs.) Ebe Oni-Ojo and members of the Directorate of
Media and Corporate Affairs.