Buhari Has Ordered PTF To Collect, Test Madagascar’s COVID-19 Cure – SGF
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to pick up and test samples of COVID-Organics, the self-acclaimed cure by Madagascar of the disease.
Mustapha, who doubles as Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, stated this at the daily press briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.
According to Mustapha, Madagascar donated some samples of the plant-based remedy to Nigeria, with the products currently in Guinea-Bissau.
He explained that the country had begun arrangements to pick up the products and convey to the country.
He said: “With respect to the Madagascar syrup, it has been freighted to Guinea-Bissau by the President of Madagascar.
“Certain allocations have been made to different countries. We have an indication of the quantity that has been allocated to Nigeria and we are supposed to make arrangements to freight it out of Guinea-Bissau to Nigeria.”
The SGF added that President Buhari ordered that the COVID Organics must be subjected to scientific analysis to ascertain its genuineness.
“I have received instructions from Mr. President to make arrangements to freight it home with a clear instruction that I should subject it to the validation process similar to what would 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. There will be no exception,” Mustapha said.
Also speaking, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, said Nigeria would analyse the remedy to see if it can be reproduced here.
He said: “We have a promise of being able to get samples of the herb or botanical product for analysis and also probably use that opportunity to speak with the health authorities there, particularly the scientific community on how they use it.
“But obviously, to also give back to the research community here with us to examine and see what they can do with it. We understand that it is something called ‘Artemisia Annua’ which also grows her.
“But we will like to, if we get that sample, compare it with the strain here whether they are exactly identical or whether they are two different strains and see what properties it has and subjected to further analysis to find out what works there, how it works and the use in getting a cure.
“Obviously, all countries in the world are interested in finding a cure and we are not different. So, we are looking at all possibilities, all options, all promises that are made, we examine them, and before we give them to our people, we make sure that they are actually safe and that they work.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned against adopting the product which has not been “taken through tests to see its efficacy”.