#MadagascarCure: COVID-19 Drug Trial to be Used When Confirmed Safe – PTF
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Monday revealed that the Federal Government and the World Health Organisation were carrying out COVID-19 drug trial in the Federal Capital Territory and fives other states.
Ehanaire said this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 press briefing in Abuja.
The minister also revealed that Nigeria was expecting a herbal drug, COVID Organic, from Madagascar.
However, both Ehanire and Mustapha disclosed that the herbal drug would be subjected to scientific analyses in the country.
According to them, the drug will only be used in Nigeria after it has been confirmed to be safe and working.
Madagascar was reported on Monday to have offered African countries its COVID-19 cure. According to the report, the consignments for Nigeria were sent Guinea Bissau , from where they will be brought to the country.
Speaking on the herbal cure, the minister said, “With regard to the cure from Madagascar, it is making the news and we have promised of being able to get samples of the botanical products. We will be speaking with the health experts and the scientific community on how to use it. We will also give it to the research community here to examine and see what they can do with it. We understand that it is something called artemisia annua which also grows here.
“But we will like to, if we get that sample, compare it with the strain here whether they are identical and see what properties it has. Things like that are subjected to analyses to see what works there and how it works.
“Obviously all countries in the world are interested in finding a cure and we are not different. So we will look at all possibilities and all options. But before we give it to our people, we will make sure that it is actually safe and it actually works.”