Nigeria is set to receive the Republic of Madagascar’s COVID Organics (COV)’ herbal drug, which the country’s leaders said cures and prevents Coronavirus pandemic.
The Nation newspaper reported that Nigeria’s consignment is en route to Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja.
It was gathered that African countries were divided into zones for ease of transportation, leading to freighting of Nigeria’s consignments to Equatorial Guinea.
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has been notified of the offer from Madagascar and arrangements are being made to bring Nigeria’s allocation of Covid Organics to Abuja.
While some health officials are pushing for the clinical trial of Covid Organics before being used in the country, there is reportedly pressure on the Federal Government by different medical and scientific organizations to allow the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) subject the drug to further analysis.
The Nation source said further;
“The consignments of the drug are being distributed to different countries in Africa based on zonal grouping. We have been told that Nigeria’s consignment of Madagascar’s Covid Organics herbal cure (CVO) is in Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja in Nigeria. When the herbal drink is brought into the country, we will know the next step. But some medical and scientific organizations are pressurizing that the drug is subjected to clinical trials.
“Some countries like Tanzania, Guinea-Bissau, Congo-Brazzaville, and Equatorial Guinea have subscribed to the Covid Organics herbal drugs. On the other hand, South Africa has offered to conduct a scientific analysis of the herbal drug, while Senegal said it will subject it to its clinical trial.
He stressed the need for thorough check of the herbal drug which had been tipped to be the solution to the ongoing pandemic across the world, saying;
“I can assure you that the Federal Government of Nigeria will take the best decision on the Covid Organics drug in the overall interest of Nigerians. Before any food or drug can be administered to people in this country, there are certain protocols that must be followed, and the same applies to Covid Organics from Madagascar. The government will not circumvent these protocols. We want solutions to this pandemic and at the same time, we want the best for Nigerians.”Mustapha, spokesperson from The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19.
“I want to assure you that whatever is happening in the world, including the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are mindful of it and also working round the clock to finding a lasting solution in our own capacity.
“I was reading of the experiences in Madagascar– of why everybody is drinking some solutions known as Covid Organics that have been prepared. This morning I was sharing with my wife, and I told her that probably I would request that Mr. President allow us to import a planeload for a trial.
“We are all navigating an unchartered cause. Nobody has ever been on this road. So, every attempt to find the solution that would bring succor to our people, be rest assured that this task force is very responsible and we would do everything to ensure that we get what will benefit our people, what will help them in the processes that we find ourselves today.”
This is coming after the World Health Organisation (WHO) maintained that the efficacy of the Covid Organics drug was unproven.