PH home-brewing vs coronavirus
April 03, 2020 - Friday 4:04 AM by MDM
One silver lining in the face of the COVID-19 crisis is that the Philippines may be able to come with its home-brewed antidote against the dreaded pandemic.
It is not there yet but it is all systems go as far as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is concerned.
According to Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, the DOST is currently locked on to a study of the Ateneo de Manila University that indicated that virgin coconut oil (VCO) components “could be used as a safe antiviral agent against the novel coronavirus.”
He said published knowledge cited VCO’s anti-viral properties and that the DOST will have it tested in Singapore for validation.
He said the ADMU in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) has also developed a mobile app for visualizing the spread of diseases “which can be used to predict how long the COVID-19 problem will last.”
It is not stopping there. The DOST is also examining how locally-produced raw materials can be used for test kits to determine if a patient is positive for the coronavirus.
Earlier in March, the DOST announced that the University of the Philippines has developed diagnostic kits that are able to detect COVID-19.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to certify the product by April 3, 2020. The DOST is initially looking forward to the production of test kits that could accommodate 120,000 tests.
One thing going for this country is that it is not wanting in basic research in all fields of endeavor, particularly in medicine where the Filipino is world-class given the resources.
Once the Singapore facilities validate VCO as an antidote to coronavirus, it will be a great relief to a world in search for a cure. It will also pave the way for this country to excel further in research using its indigenous materials.
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