UNIJOS Develops Anti-Snake Bite Vaccine

Main Entrance, University of Jos. Photo: Guardian
Main Entrance, University of Jos. Photo: Guardian

A major breakthrough in medical research has been recorded in the University of Jos (UNIJOS) as the institution came up with the development of an anti-snake venom vaccine, covip-plus.
The vaccine, which was developed by a team of researchers at UNIJOS, is meant to prevent and neutralise the infusion of snake venom into human and animal tissue or blood.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sebastian Maimako, while addressing pressmen on the development, called on the Federal Government and Pharmaceutical Companies to synergise with the institution to produce the vaccine as an indigenous product.
According to reports made available to schoolworld, the anti-snake venom vaccine was derived from the seeds of a plant traditionally used by the Rukuba people of Bassa in Plateau state.

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