- The federal government is opening up on Madagascar’s self-proclaimed herbal remedy for COVID-19
- The minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said they are yet to receive an update from research centres
- Recall that President Buhari directed the presidential task force on COVID-19 to pick up the plant-based “remedy”
The federal government on Thursday, June 11, said research centres are yet to receive a report about the effectiveness of COVID-Organics, Madagascar’s self-proclaimed, plant-based “remedy” for coronavirus.
Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health disclosed this during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, in Abuja
The minister went on to note that though researchers have been given the purported coronavirus herbal cure imported from Madagascar none are yet to give feedback.
Ehanire added that the time research will take is not what they know, however, he will get in contact with them for an interim report.
He said: “We do not have any information yet. We have given them to our research centres and they are working on them. None of them has reported back yet.
“The time it will take for all this researches is not what we know, but I think after a period, I will reach out to them to find out if they can give me an interim report.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the presidential task force on COVID-19 to pick up the plant-based “remedy” for coronavirus.
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.
However, the World Health Organization ruled out the claim 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's assertion, African countries such as Tanzania and Guinea-Bissau have made plans to import the said 'cure', which according to Aljeezera contains the artemisia plant, commonly used to treat malaria.
The dismissal is coming days after several media had reported that Madagascar is curing Covid-19 cases with the herbal tonic and is the reason the country has had a 92% recovery rate out of its 128 cases.
Madagascar is said to be using its own medicine to treat the virus. President Rajoelina launched the herbal tea, named COVID-Organics, on Monday, April 20.
In a related development, the federal government on Monday, May 11 said the plant used for the herbal drug produced by Madagascar for the cure of coronavirus grows in Nigeria. This was disclosed by the minister of health during the PTF on COVID-19 daily briefing in Abuja.
His words: “We are going to get samples of the herb of the botanical product for analyses and also probably use that opportunity to speak with the health authorities there particularly the scientific community on how they use it.
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