President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Presidential task force on COVID-19 to acquire COVID-Organics, a herbal drug used by Madagascar to treat coronavirus patients.
COVID Organic, according to the Malagasy government has been used to treat over 100 COVID-19 patients in the country, with no death recorded so far.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who confirmed this on Monday said the Nigerians government and the World Health Organisation have agreed to carryout COVID-19 drug trial in the Federal Capital Territory and fives states.
He listed the states as Lagos, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto and Kano.
The trial aims to rapidly discover whether any of the drugs slow disease progression or improves survival.
Chairman of the Presidential task force, Bos Mustapha who corroborated the Presidents directive noted that Covid-Organic would be subjected to scientific analyses in the country, adding that the drug will only be used in Nigeria after it has been confirmed to be safe and working.
He stated, “On the WHO treatment, the Federal Government is cooperating with the WHO on treatment regimen solidarity trial with the following enrolled; Lagos, FCT, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto and Kano.”
He also spoke on strange deaths in Kano, Sokoto and Bauchi states.
He stated, “On the update in Kano, the ministerial task team deployed to assist in the containment effort and provide direction in managing the COVID-19 situation has made significant gains. The investigation into unexplained deaths in the state has to complete its work.
“On Katsina, a detailed report is being awaited and it is expected to provide a roadmap to addressing the challenges in line with the response pillars. A contingent of the ministry team in Kano will also visit Bauchi State on a fact-finding mission. A team will later visit Sokoto at the invitation of the state authorities on a similar mission.”