Madagascar remedy: PDP berates Buhari for not investing in homegrown remedies

Madagascar remedy: PDP berates Buhari for not investing in homegrown remedies

- PDP has come down hard on President Buhari for seeking solution from Madagascar for the treatment of COVID-19

- The opposition in a statement expressed disappointment after the president had rejected the development of homegrown remedies

- The party went on to urge Nigerians to intensify efforts towards personal health protection

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for discounting the development of homegrown remedies, following the federal government's decision to import Madagascar's COVID-19 herbal therapy.

This was disclosed in a statement by the PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, and published on the party's Facebook page on Tuesday, May 12.

The opposition party expressed disappointment that Nigeria is seeking to purchase a solution from Madagascar even when the nation brims with curative resources against ailments such as COVID-19.

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The statement reads in part: "While the PDP has nothing against any genuine effort to secure therapeutics for COVID-19, our party holds that such solutions as developed by Madagascar abound in Nigeria but had remained untapped because of the failure of the Buhari administration to heed to wise counsel to look inwards for answers."

The party, therefore, called on the Buhari administration to mobilize indigenous researchers for homegrown solutions in the interest of the nation.

However, the opposition party urged the people to intensify their efforts towards personal health protection as well as observing the health safety directions and other restrictions by health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that President Buhari directed the presidential task force on COVID-19 to pick up COVID-Organics, Madagascar’s self-proclaimed, plant-based “remedy” for coronavirus.

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha broke the news at the daily briefing of the task force, which he heads on Monday, May 11.

He said Madagascar donated some of the products to Nigeria through Guinea-Bissau and arrangements were being made to pick them up.

Similarly, the federal government firmly stated the Madagascar Covid-19 herbal remedy will be subjected to regulatory medical process before it can be used for the treatment of coronavirus cases.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday, May 12, coordinator of the presidential task force on Covid-19, Sani Aliyu, noted that due processes will be observed in line with Nigeria's legal frameworks and guidelines.

Aliyu maintained that there is a stringent regulatory process within the legal frameworks of the country which the herbal remedy will be subjected to. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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