President Muhammad Buhari has directed the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to test the efficacy of the Madagascar Covid-19 herbal cure, Covid-Organics, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, has said.
Mr. Boss Mustapha spoke yesterday at the Task Force’s daily press briefing in Abuja and said President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the PTF to procure the Madagascar herbal mixture. Explaining that the Madagascar Covid-Organics and such other herbal cure medicines claims in the country should be subjected to necessary tests.
Mustapha disclosed that some quantity of COVID-Organics, meant for Nigeria, had already been dispatched to Guinea Bissau and arrangements have been made to pick them.
He said, “Let me provide further information with regards to the syrup from Madagascar. It has been freighted to Guinea Bissau by the President of Madagascar. Certain allocations have been made to different countries. We have an indication that some quantity has been allocated and we are supposed to make arrangements to freight it out of Guinea Bissau to Nigeria.
“We have received instructions from Mr. President to make arrangement to freight it with a clear instruction that we should subject it to validation process similar to what will happen to any other medicine or syrup or vaccine that is discovered or created internally.
“So, it will be subjected to the same process before it is put into any form of use and there will be no exemption for that.”
Madagascar was reported to have sent Guinea-Bissau more than 16,000 doses, which she’s distributing to 14 other African nations, after claims 55 patients administered the herbal cure in the Pacific island country survived the virus.