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Jubilation as Plant extract in Madagascar’s herbal drug for Coronavirus reportedly grows in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has revealed that the plant extract in Madagascar’s herbal drug for Coronavirus, grows in the country. 

Madagascar herbal cure
Madagascar herbal cure

Speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday May 11, the Minister said Nigeria’s consignment of the herbal drug which is currently in transit will be subjected to analysis by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to determine its efficacy and safety before use. 

Ehanire said; 

 “We are going to get samples of the herb of the botanical product for analyses. We will use that opportunity to speak with the health authorities there. Particularly the scientific community on how they use it.

“We will also give it 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 here. But we would like to get that sample and compare it with the strain here. We have to know if they are exactly identical or similar and then see what properties it has.

“It will be subjected to analysis to find out what works in there and how it works and is used in getting a cure. All countries around the world are interested in finding a cure and we are not different; So we’ll look at all options and promises that have been made.

“Before we give any of these medicines to our people we will make sure they are actually safe and that they work.”

The health minister also said he will continue to encourage local producers for increased production of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Ehanire added; 

“Some Nigerian manufacturers of PPEs have made presentations to us and shown us samples of what they can make. We have sent those samples to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). To look at it to see if they are well constructed and if the materials used are good.

“Once we have the go-ahead, we definitely prefer local production of personal protective equipment to foreign ones. Because they are fast and quick, and also because they create jobs and stimulate the economy. We give preference so local manufacturers.”

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. ETIVIE DAUFA

    May 13, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    That’s good my prayer is that the vaccine should serve it’s purpose the same way it works in Madagascar should be applicable here in Nigeria

    • Anonymous

      May 14, 2020 at 6:38 am

      We in plateau state have the called plant almost everywhere. It has been said of the plant that it cures fever since the time of our fathers.

  2. Funmi Moses.

    May 13, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    K

  3. Anonymous

    May 13, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Cudos to our minister it’s a good idea Nigeria will not spoil. It’s a way moving forward.

  4. Tunde

    May 13, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    If it eventually works, prof. What will u tell the deads that have been denying the opportunity of using the herbs?

  5. Danladi Ayogwu

    May 13, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Well said, Hon. Minister.

  6. Anonymous

    May 13, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    I encourage the government not to ignore the Madagascar’s herbal drug, and to use it as a sample to create our own drug if it is effective, so that this deadly virus will be a thing of the past in our country. And pls the government should not listen to any side talks about the herbal medicine, all we need now is cure and not complain or rejecting the drug and watch more people lost their lives.

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