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COMMI PRODUCTS: Paving way through formalizing traditional medicines in Tanzania

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Commiphira swynertonii is a tree found in different parts of Tanzania, mainly the northern Masai lands. The tree is famous among the natives for its useful traditional medicines. 

Scientists at the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Department of Veterinary Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology have taken the medicinal products from the tree to next level, by extracting and processing them into commercializable packed Commi Products

The varing products which include wound sprays, creams, soaps and others have been seen as a way through in the application of traditional medicines in Tanzania. 

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The research leader, Dr Gaymary Bakari explains that Commi Products have shown undoubted wound healing properties and is currently paving way in hospitals being used by physicians in treatment of chronic, antibacterial resistant wounds.

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Vet-Physiology among the best in SOKOINE Memorial Exhibitions

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The Department of Veterinary Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology is mentioned to be among the best pavilions in the SOKOINE MEMORIAL Exhibitions, that are held at SUA on 25-27 May 2021. 

Among other technologies, the Department pavilion exhibits the famous Commi products, the antibacterial and antifungal natural applications that have excited interest from many visitors. 

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The Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Mashimba Ndaki commended the Department, especially Dr Gaymary Bakari for the breakthrough research and urgued them to keep up the spirit.

The SOKOINE MEMORIAL Exhibitions are one of the high level events at SUA and this year's are marked with a classic dialogue to be held on 27th May, with VIP key speakers. 

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KUSAGA MAHINDI NA KUDHIBITI HEWA YAWEZA KUPUNGUZA UCHAFUZI WA SUMUKUVU (AFLATOXIN B1)

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Sumukuvu ni aina ya sumu inayozalishwa na kuvu (fungi) aina ya Aspergillus. Sumu hii huchafua vyakula kwa sababu kuvu wa Aspergillus hupendelea kuota kwenye aina mbalimbali za vyakula kama mahindi, karanga, mihogo mikavu na kadhalika.

Zipo aina zaidi ya mia moja za sumu kuvu, lakini moja inayoitwa aflatoxin B1 ndiyo tishio zaidi hasa kwa sababu ndiyo inayoyopatikana sana kwenye vyakula, lakini pia ina madhara makubwa ya kiafya ikiwemo saratani ya ini, udumavu, kuzupunguza kinga ya mwili dhidi ya magonjwa ya kuambukiza nk.

Katika utafiti tulioufanya hivi karibuni kujaribu kutafuta mbinu mbalimbali za kudhibiti sumukuvu, tumegundua kwamba mahindi yakisagwa au yakihifhadhiwa kwenye chombo ambaco hakiruhusu hewa kupenya kirahisi (hermetic storage), inapunguza kwa zaidi ya asilimia 80% kiwango cha sumukuvu itakayotengenezwa wakati huo wa kuhifadhi. Matokeo ya utafiti wetu yamechapishwa katika jarida ya JBLS na unaweza kuyasoma zaidi kwa kubofya hapa.

Hata hivyo ijulikane kwamba mbinu hizi husaidia kupunguza sumukuvu kutengenezwa, na kwamba haziondoi sumukuvu ambayo imeshatengenezwa

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Deputy Minister commends Dr Gaymary Bakari and SUA for a breakthrough Commi product research

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*CONGRATULATIONS*

The Tanzania Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development, Ms Pauline Gekul has commended the ongoing research at Sokoine University of Agriculture, which has led to production of useful natural antibacterial products. The research, led Dr Gaymary Bakari from the Department of Veterinary Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, has ventured on using extracts from an indigenous tree, Commiphora swynnertonii to treat different wound and skin infectious conditions

Speaking recently at the closing ceremony of the 38th Tanzania Veterinary Association Conference, the newly appointed deputy minister, who is also the member of Parliament for Babati constituency in Manyara region expressed her appreciation on the efforts and expertise shown by the scientist and her team, with the great assistance from her University in bringing answers to the chronic health problems facing the society.

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Ms Gekul promised that the government will provide all necessary assistance to Dr Gaymary and her team to ensure the research continues and expands to reach higher goals.

She welcomed the scientists to the ministry house in Dodoma where, with the ministry experts will deliberate on how to facilate and promote the research and the products
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Earlier, speaking at the event, Dr Gaymary mentioned how she got interest in researching on the tree and developing the products. Dr Gaymary pointed out that she knew for long time that the tree had been used traditionally by Maasai people in Manyara for curing different illnesses. When she got a chance for PhD research, the experienced academic focused on the tree and after series of studies, she realised the potentials of the tree in curing bacterial and viral infections in chickens.

Dr Gaymary elaborated further that after finishing the PhD, she still had interest on exploring the potentials of the tree. She stated that fortunately, in 2018, she won a highly competitive AESA-RISE Post-doctoral fellowship, funded by the African Academy of Science. Through the fellowship, and with assistance from the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Dr Gaymary and her team have succeeded to develop and test different formulae products constituting the tree extract, which have shown to be very useful to humans and livestock.

 Commi cream   Among the products that have been developed and will be available for public use include wound spray, wound gel, mouth wash, dermatological cream and dermatological soap
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IDARA YAFAIDIKA NA UFADHILI WA POLISH AID

Mradi wa ukarabati wa maabara katika Ndaki ya Tiba ya Mifugo na Sayansi za Afya unaotekelezwa na shirika la Foundation Science for Development umegusa idara ya Fiziologia, Biochemia na Famakolojia. Katika ukarabati huo, maabara ya kufundishia kwa vitendo (MLB 8) inayosimamiwa na idara imefanyiwa maboresho makubwa na muhimu.

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Miongoni mwa maboresho yaliyofanyika ni kuwekwa kwa sakafu na meza za marumaru, madirisha ya kisasa na kuwekwa mfumo wa kupoza (kiyoyozi). Aidha maabara hiyo imewekwa ubao wa kisasa na vifaa vya kufanyia projection.

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Mkuu wa Idara ya Fiziolojia, Biokemia na Famakolojia, Dr Gaymary Bakari amewaongoza wafanyakazi wa idara kushiriki katika hafla ya kuzinduliwa maabara hizo iliyofanyika tarehe 26/11/2020.

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SUPPORT; MSc AND PhD SCHOLARSHIP ON AFLATOXIN

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The United Republic of Tanzania through the Ministry of Agriculture has announced scholarships for MSc and PhD on aflatoxin control through the TANIPAC project. The announcement was made through public media, including the Daily News newspaper (Monday 23rd November, 2020)

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The Department of Veterinary Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology wishes to call for any applicant who thinks to apply for the scholarship, and who plans to undertake the studies at SUA to get a support on academic mentoring for the program. The department has a number of scientists, including Dr Benigni Temba (Pictured below) who have specialized in the area of mycotoxin control.

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Anyone who wants to be hosted at the department for the anounced program is advised to send his/her concept note to Dr Temba through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will be advised accordingly.

The department wishes the best to all applicants

 

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Dr Gaymary Bakari appointed as Head of Department - Physiology

The Vice Chancellor of the Sokoine University of Agriculture has appointed Dr Gaymary Bakari to serve a three year term from 2020 as a Head of Department, the Department of Veterinary Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology. Dr Gaymary (pictured) is a renowned scientist and a senior lecturer at the department.

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The fellow workers at the department and the college congratulate Dr Gaymary, wish her success and promise a high level collaboration as she undertakes the leadership role

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Students are reminded to write their identities correctly

 

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Examination regulations

Students are reminded to adhere to the important regulations governing conduction of University Examinations

 

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