Nigeria finally receives Madagascar’s COVID-19 herbal remedy



Nigeria has finally received its share of Madagascar's herbal remedy which is used to treat COVID-19 patients.


President Muhammadu Buhari received the country's portion of the drug from Guinea Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo at the Presidential Villa on Saturday.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as saying the drug will go through the verification process which other remedies for the disease are being subjected to before use.
“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,” Buhari said.
Standard News reports that the drug, which is named COVID-Organics, was launched on April 20, with its main ingredient being sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua), a plant of Asian origin from where the antimalarial drug, artemisinin, came.
At least 55 COVID-19 patients in Madagascar have recovered after being treated with the remedy.
Top Nigerian medical associations such as the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN)have described the country’s acceptance of the remedy as embarrassing and have rejected the remedy.

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