Nigeria is set to receive the herbal product which the leaders of Madagascar claim cures COVID-19.
The herbal product is said to be in Equitorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja after members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 were made aware of the offer from Madagascar.
The drug is however requested to be subjected to further analysis with pressure placed on the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
The Nation quoted a source:
“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 is in Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja.
“When the herbal drink is brought into the country, we will know the next step. But some medical and scientific organisations are pressurising that the drug be subjected to clinical trial.
“Some countries like Tanzania, Congo-Brazzaville, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea have subscribed to the drugs. Also, while South Africa has offered to conduct a scientific analysis of the drug, Senegal said it will subject it to clinical trial.
“I can assure you that the Federal Government will take the best decision on the drug in the overall interest of Nigerians.
“Before any food or drug can be administered in this country, there are certain protocols that must be followed. The government will not circumvent these protocols. We want solution; we want the best for Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, PTF Chairman, SGF Boss Mustapha has said that Nigeria is open to the offer from Madagascar concerning the herbal product.