- The federal government has said it is not focussing on the Madagascan COVID-19 herbal medicine for now
- The Nigerian government faulted claims that it asked Madagascar to supply its Covid-19 herbal medicine to Nigeria
- The federal government noted that it did not abandon homegrown solutions for the Madagascan herbal remedy
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The federal government on Thursday, May 14, said the Madagascan COVID-19 herbal medicine is not on its priority for now.
The government also disclosed that it never at any time asked Madagascar to supply its Covid-19 herbal medicine to Nigeria, The Tribune reports.
The chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who made the statement during a briefing in Abuja, noted that it was the East African country that donated the herbal medicine to Nigeria on its own accord.
According to Mustapha, Nigeria agreed to take delivery of its share because it did not want to reject a favour by a fellow African country.
“The issue of Madagascar. Let me explain that Nigeria did not ask Madagascar for any solution. That has to be very clear because I have seen some narratives out there giving credence to a line of story that, for me, I think is only distractive. Nigeria did not ask,” he said.
Vanguard newspaper reports that the SGF denied claims that the federal government had abandoned homegrown COVID-19 solutions for the Madagascan herbal remedy.
He explained that the Madagascan government airlifted quantities of its herbal solution meant for West African countries to Guinea-Bissau.
He said Nigeria was making arraignment to get its consignment sent by Madagascar from Guinea-Bissau.
“It’s not our priority now, it’s not our focus, there are other things that we are dealing with to make sure that we contain the spread in our nation," Mustapha stated.
Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of Health has disclosed that processes are ongoing to harness herbal medicine for clinical management of coronavirus (Covid-19) patients.
Speaking with Radio Nigeria on Saturday morning, May 9, Adebimpe Adebiyi, director of hospital services, made the disclosure amid mounting pressure on the federal government to consider a local alternative cure for the virus.
Adebiyi noted that prior to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been lending hands of support to states in the country.
She also maintained the disease control agency can only give guidelines on preventive measures against coronavirus as there is no vaccine for the fast-spreading virus.
In another news report, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has disclosed that it has only received one application to endorse a product as a possible treatment option for the symptoms of COVID-19.
The agency was responding to the barrage of claims by some traditional practitioners that they have the cure for the virus.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, May 13, the director-general of the agency, Moji Adeyeye, said other claims about a possible cure for COVID-19 only exist on social media and the pages of newspapers.
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