FEDERAL Government of Nigeria has kept sealed lips on purported Nigeria bound herbal drugs from Madagascar believed to be effective for COVID-19 treatment.
The government of Madagascar is reported to be sending COVID-19 herbal medicine known as COVID Organics (COV) to some African countries comprising Nigeria.
Sources say, Nigeria’s consignment is coming through Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja.
It was learnt that the Nigerian government will subject the Madagascar’s herbal remedy to vital protocols before it will be administered in the country.
While official reaction from Nigerian government has not been made public, sources close to Aso Rock says the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has been notified of the offer from Madagascar and arrangements are being made to bring Nigeria’s allocation to Abuja.
“The consignments of the drug are being distributed to different countries in Africa based on zonal grouping. We have been told that Nigeria’s consignment is in Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja,” the source said.
Further reports say, the federal government is taking its time to ascertain the validity of the Madagascan herbs COVID-19 healing claims before buying into the proposal, insisting that government’s decision on the drug will be in the overall interest of its citizens as the medicine will be subjected to certain protocols before it can be administered in the country.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has ruled out claims by Madagascar President, Andry Rajoelina’s, that a herbal tonic produced in the country can cure coronavirus patients. It should be noted that following the president of the Southern African nation’s assertion, African countries such as Tanzania and Guinea-Bissau have requested imports of said ‘cure’ brew which according to Aljeezera TV contains the artemisia plant, commonly used to treat malaria.
The W.H.O dismissal is coming days after several media had reported that Madagascar is curing COVID-19 cases with the herbal tonic which is the reason why the country has had a 92 per cent recovery rate out of its 128 cases.
The country has recorded 128 coronavirus cases, and 92 out of that number have recovered, leaving 36 active cases with, no death so far.
Madagascar claims she has been using its own medicine to treat the virus with the country’s President Rajoelina launching the herbal tea, named COVID-Organics, on Monday, April 20.