What’s Herbs Got to Do with It (Part 2)? - Madagascar salvages Nigeria from COVID19
- Buhari receives Madagascar anti-coronavirus drink in the spirit of brotherly love
- In April, Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina launched the remedy at a news conference, drinking from a sleekly-branded bottle filled with an amber liquid which he said had already cured two people.
"It was taken in the spirit of African brotherly love to Guinea Bissau and we have asked our ambassador there to establish the location, the quantity and he has done that,"
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday with open arms received from Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina the revered Covid Organics (CVO) a herbal concoction, touted to cure coronavirus patients.
Bashir Ahmed, a presidential spokesman said the president further “reiterated that he will listen to science before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians.”
Buhari on Monday waded in the hope of an alternative health solution to ameliorate the health crisis faced since the onslaught of COVID 19 by approving the airlifting of the herbal concoction.
In the race against time to find a cure for COVID-19, Madagascar began very early on a dual therapy protocol based on chloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, in association with treatments derived from traditional knowledge that emphasizes the use of medicinal plants.
While the global health body disapproves of the use of alternative therapy to treat the virus, many African countries like Nigeria are concluding that home is the best and have taken solace in the breast of President Andry Rajoelina’s generosity.
A Gesture of brotherly love
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday. said the medicine was offered as a general gesture of 'brotherly love' from the Malagasy government to all African countries.
"Nigeria did not ask Madagascar for any solution, the Madagascar government decided to airlift quantities meant for African countries.
"It was taken in the spirit of African brotherly love to Guinea Bissau and we have asked our ambassador there to establish the location, the quantity and he has done that," he said.
Mr Mustapha, laid emphasis on strict lab analysis of the health supplement by the Nigeria Food and Drug Administration and Control body (NAFDAC) before it’s release to the public.
"So it will be subjected to the same process before it is put into any form of use. There'll be no exception for that," he said.
He however bemoaned news reports suggesting the Nigeria government frets at the use of its home grown herbal alternatives.
"But the impression out there is as if we abandoned homegrown solution and we were looking for Madagascar solution," he said.
NAFDAC confirmed that it is currently reviewing a proposal for an alternative health medicine to alleviate the symptoms of COVID -19 and not a vaccine proposal.