A call has gone to the Federal Government of Nigeria to welcome the use of the alternative medicine discovered by some Nigerians to cure the COVID-19 infection.
An elderstateman, Amb. Rev. Luyi Rotimi made this call in reacting to the decision of the FG to patronise the local medicine discovered in Madagascar.
He noted that the likes of Rev.Fr. Amslem Adodo, and the two Medical Professors had publicly announced their discoveries to cure Coronavirus and such should have been tried first before calling for Madagascar’s medicine.
“I strongly recommend that Nigeria should encourage the use of tried and proven local medicine, Governor Seyi Makinde said he used local medicine to cure his CORO infection, why not contact him for this remedy and apply same nationally?”, He said.
Ambassador Luyi, who is the Olujigba of Ijigba Community in Akure, advised Nigerian government to borrow Chinese’s approach to traditional medicine, which they had used to cure so many ailments.
Nigerian Government had ordered for the COVID-Organics, a herbal medicine discovered by Madagascar’ research institute,
Launched in April 20, COVID-Organics was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA), and was said to have cured 55 patients in the country.
Its main ingredient is said to be sweet wormwood (Artemisia Annua), a plant of Asian origin from where the anti-malarial drug, artemisinin, came.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, had, on May 11th, 2020 announced that the Madagascar’s touted herbal cure for COVID-19 is on its way to Nigeria for clinical analysis of its efficacy by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC.
Mustapha who disclosed this during the daily Presidential briefing on COVID-19, said President Muhammadu Buhari had directed PTF to procure the African herbal mixture, explaining, however, that it, like others in the country, would be subjected to the drug regulatory authorities’ validation before it could be used for the treatment of the patients.
Professor Maurice Iwu, Dr. Ben Amodu, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi all claimed to have discovered a local medicine for the virus, but yet to collected for clinical test.