President Muhammadu Buhari has received samples of COVID-Organics, the self-acclaimed cure by Madagascar to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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President Buhari received the product samples when he hosted Umaro Embalo, President of Guinea-Bissau, who brought them to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Saturday.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), had on Monday announced that President Buhari had ordered the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to pick up and test samples of COVID-Organics.
Madagascar donated some samples of the plant-based remedy to all African countries, with that of the West African contingent moved to Guinea-Bissau.
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According to a statement by Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesperson, President Buhari the COVID Organics must be subjected to scientific analysis to ascertain its efficacy in combating COVID-19.
The president stated that the product will not be administered on COVID-19 patients until the country’s health institutions certify its potency.
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The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday at the State House, Abuja, received the Madagascan native formulation against the #Covid-19 pandemic, and reiterated that he will listen to science before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians.
“At an audience meeting with President Umaro Embalo of Guinea Bissau who brought along with him the samples of the traditional medicine as shared to African nations by Madagascar, PMB said his position on all such herbal or traditional medicinal postulates had remained the same.
“’We have our institutions, systems and processes in the country. Any such formulations should be sent to them for verification. I will not put it to use without the endorsement of our institutions.’”
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Nigerians expressed varying degree of reactions after it was announced that the country had accepted and was making arrangements to collect COVID-Organics, a remedy mainly made from a plant, Artemisia Annua, which is used for malaria drugs.
Many Nigerians, particularly on social media and professional health groups, accused the government of patronising a foreign remedy rather than encourage and promote home-grown solutions.
But Mustapha, who doubles as the PTF Chairman on COVID-19, explained on Thursday that contrary to speculations, Madagascar donated some samples of the plant-based remedy to Nigeria and other African countries in the spirit of African brotherhood.