President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, May 16; received the Madagascan native formulation against COVID-19 from President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau at the State House, Abuja.
Buhari who collected the potion from President Embalo of Guinea Bissau who visited him in Abuja said the native remedy would be scientifically tested before use.
“We have our institutions, systems, and processes in the country. Any such formulations should be sent to them for verification,” he said.
“I will not put it to use without the endorsement of our institutions,” he added.
My position regarding all herbal or traditional medicines is that any such formulations should be sent to the statutory regulators for thorough scientific verification. We will not put anything to use in Nigeria without the endorsement of our regulatory institutions.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) May 16, 2020
Several other African nations have also expressed interest in the purported remedy, which is known as COVID-Organics.
The drink is derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment — and other indigenous herbs.
But the World Health Organization has warned against “adopting a product that has not been taken through tests to see its efficacy”, and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has also said it should be “tested rigorously”.
On the main reason for his visit; President Embalo said he had come to seek counsel from Buhari on his plan for a government of national unity and a proposed war against corruption in his country.
“Problems of Guinea Bissau are problems of Nigeria. I have come to you as your son. I need your help and assistance to make the people happy,” the visiting leader told President Buhari.
In response to these demands; Buhari commended Embalo on his confirmation as President and for stabilising the country.
“I commend your political dexterity in getting the opposition to join the proposed unity government,” he said.
Meanwhile, the federal government on Friday, May 15, detailed reasons behind the possible cause of rising cases of reported deaths since COVID-19 started spreading in the country.
This was revealed by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who stated the reason for the deaths could be because many people no longer go to hospitals or health workers refusing to attend to patients; due to fear of the COVID-19.
According to him the rising cases of deaths might not be as a result of the dreaded virus; but the fear of it which is stopping people from visiting hospitals and some health workers from attending to those who visited.