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Buhari receives Madagascar’s COVID-19 herbal drug

Buhari receives Madagascar’s COVID-19 herbal drug
May 16
15:50 2020
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The herbal drug which Madagascar says it uses to treat COVID-19 patients has reached Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who received portions of the drug from Guinea Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo on Saturday, said the drug must be verified before use.

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari as saying the drug will go through the verification process which other remedies for the disease are being subjected to.

“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.

The drug, which is branded as herbal tea and 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.

During the launch, Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina had said: “All trials and tests have been conducted and its effectiveness in reducing the elimination of symptoms has been proven for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 in Madagascar.”

But the herbal remedy has remained a subject of controversy. Madagascar’s national medical academy had cast doubt on its efficacy while the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it is still being studied.

Top Nigerian medical associations such as the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) rejected it, describing the country’s acceptance of the remedy as embarrassing.

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14 Comments

  1. M.G
    M.G May 16, 19:04

    Your comment..NMA, PSN, you guys did a great job by calling it embarrassing, but what have done on your part? Africa arise!!! say no to discrimination. don’t be fooled by the so called International agencies

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  2. gracy
    gracy May 16, 19:08

    Embarrassing or encouraging, let’s give it a try and see if it works. thanks

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  3. Mhiz_Adam Jordan
    Mhiz_Adam Jordan May 16, 19:13

    May Allah coexistence and protect us about respect to the issue of that herbal.

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  4. Mickautos
    Mickautos May 16, 19:27

    May God help us all

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  5. Jkelly
    Jkelly May 16, 20:03

    I’ll say it a good news, I pray God help us
    Keep it up Mr President

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  6. Florence
    Florence May 16, 20:49

    Please try it out. People are dying. Try it out oooo

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  7. Princeemoh
    Princeemoh May 16, 21:44

    The embarrassment are our organizations in charge of medical practices. You have done nothing to bring to Nigerians your findings you are here running down another country that have made one available.

    Shame on our system. I give our President hand for wanting to give it a try.

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  8. naxee
    naxee May 16, 21:51

    Your comment..embarrassing is not a any let try we can see either its work or on.thank

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  9. yemzy
    yemzy May 17, 03:56

    It is very good the treatment is coming from Africa let th3m call it what ever they want Mr President give it a try

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  10. Cafe
    Cafe May 17, 10:03

    Let NMA manufacture theirs and use it to safe the country from National disaster. I appreciate my African coounterpart. God bless you.

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  11. Sanflex
    Sanflex May 17, 11:03

    The (NMA) and (PSN) failed in finding the cure and are calling the acceptance as embarrassment they are foolish for thinking that way, so we should wait for you to look for the cure while people are dieing
    Think responsible please

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  12. Possibility
    Possibility May 17, 12:06

    Nigerian Doctors wants to claim they knows what’sup by joining the western countries in rejecting the only solution to their problem….. Nigerian Doctors swallow your pride ooo

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  13. ALOOMA
    ALOOMA May 17, 15:50

    I don’t know the problem with we Africa we have under estimated ourself that we can not do good things if it’s Western world that bring that drug we will quickly accept it may God safe Africa from this colomentality.

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  14. MM I
    MM I May 18, 08:34

    Congratulations Africans. This is a welcome progress. All we watch in Nigeria news is no of cases, waiting for vaccines abroad. Now that our own has found a remedy, NMA… are calling it embarrassment? I am actually disappointed in ur high level of incompetence. Up Madagascar. Just like Up Chad in…….

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