Madagascar’s ‘herbal cure’ for coronavirus could be Imported into Nigeria, despite Warning from WHO
The Presidential Task Force on COVID19 says it will do anything to ease the strain of the coronavirus outbreak on Nigerians.
The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19, Boss Mustapha, says the country is exploring every avenue to fight the coronavirus disease, including asking President Muhammadu Buhari to import a planeload of herbal tea touted as a cure by the government of Madagascar.
Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina launched the herbal tea, named COVID-Organics, last week, claiming that it has cured two people already.
The government started handing out the herbal tea for free to citizens last week, even though the country’s national medical academy has warned that no scientific evidence has been established that it works.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also warned against the widespread use of untested remedies.
While speaking during the PTF’s media briefing on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Mustapha said the task force is keeping tabs on everything happening regarding the coronavirus across the world.
“I was reading of the experiences in Madagascar of why everybody is drinking some solutions that have been prepared.
“This morning I was sharing with my wife and I told her that probably I’ll request Mr President to allow us import a planeload for a trial.
“We’re all navigating uncharted course. Nobody has ever been on this road,” the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said.
Mustapha assured Nigerians that the task force will explore everything that will help to defeat the coronavirus pandemic that has infected over 3 million people across the world.
Nigeria has recorded 1,337 coronavirus cases in 32 states and the FCT, as of April 27.
255 people have recovered, but 40 people have died.