- The FG has revealed fresh details about Madagascar COVID-19 herb
- Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, said the herb did not show curative properties against the coronavirus pandemic
- Ehanire noted that the initial report showed that its main ingredient is the same as Artemisia annua
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The federal government has said that the much talked about Madagascar COVID-19 herb syrup did not show any evidence that it had real curative properties against the coronavirus pandemic.
Premium Times reports that the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure on Thursday, July 23, in Abuja at the 52nd joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
Legit.ng gathered that the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) has shared its final report on the evaluation of the COVID organics from Madagascar.
He said the initial report showed that its main ingredient is the same as Artemisia annua.
“While the preparation at high dose showed activity in reducing the frequency of cough, it did not show any evidence that it has real curative properties against COVID-19. However, we shall continue to support all genuine efforts toward finding local COVID-19 cures,” Ehanire said.
The minister also said the COVID-19 cases recorded daily over the past weeks now fluctuate within the 500 to 700 bracket, with 543 new cases in the past 24 hours.
”Accordingly, the nation’s confirmed total number in Nigeria so far is 38,344, of which 15,815 were successfully treated and discharged. We have regrettably recorded 813 fatalities, mostly with co-morbidities and tested a total of 247,825 persons in all.
“We can rightly assume from the exponentially increasing numbers that the pool of potentially infectious persons in the community is rising. And with that, the risk of infection for citizens at all levels of society, since a very significant number of persons testing positive is not in observation or treatment,” the minister said.
He, however, commended persons of influence in society, who tested positive for COVID-19 and came out publicly to declare it and entrust themselves to prescribed treatment.
He noted that those concerned did the nation a lot of good by showing that there was no shame and nothing to hide about COVID-19, and they also contributed immensely to building confidence in the health system.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government said findings showed that the Madagascar COVID-19 organics cannot cure coronavirus.
It was reported that the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) in a report on Sunday, July 19, disclosed that scientific analysis of the herb showed that it is not as potent as claimed.
The director-general of NIPR, Obi Adigwe, said the herb which contains mainly Artemisia annua, works to reduce the frequency of cough with maximum dose, producing an effect equivalent to that produced by the centrally acting cough-suppressant, dihydrocodeine.
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