By Omeiza Ajayi
Nigeria has ordered for Madagascar’s COVID-19 vaccine. Madagascar has been utilizing the natural remedy referred to as “COVID-19 Organic”
The Federal Government, nevertheless, stated the product can be subjected to scientific analysis to determine its genuineness and maybe begin local production.
Nigeria’s order for Madagascar’s COVID-19 vaccine came on a day the Nationwide Human Rights Fee, NHRC, introduced that it acquired a complete of 104 complaints on rights violations from 27 states throughout the nation.
Talking at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Process Pressure, PTF, on COVID-19, its Director-Basic, Boss Mustapha, stated the product, which is at present in Guinea-Bissau, would quickly be freighted to Nigeria and subjected to all mandatory validations earlier than usage.
Mustapha, who can also be the Secretary to Government of the Federation, stated: “With respect to the Madagascar syrup, it has been freighted to Guinea-Bissau by the President of Madagascar.
“Sure allocations have been made to totally different nations. We have now an indication of the quantity that has been allocated to Nigeria and we're purported to make arrangements to freight it out of Guinea-Bissau to Nigeria.
“I've acquired instructions from Mr. President to make arrangements to freight it house with a clear instruction that I ought to subject it to the validation course of just like what would occur to another drugs or syrup or vaccine that's discovered or created internally
“So, it is going to be subjected to the identical course of before it's put into any form of use. There shall be no exception. ”
Speaking on Nigeria’s order for Madagascar’s COVID-19 vaccine, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, stated Nigeria would analyse the syrup to see if it can be reproduced right here.
He stated: “We've got a promise of with the ability to get samples of the herb or botanical product for analysis and in addition in all probability use that opportunity to speak with the well being authorities there, notably the scientific group on how they use it.
“But clearly, to additionally give again to the research group here with us to look at and see what they will do with it. We understand that it is something referred to as ‘Artemisia Annua’ which also grows her.
“But we'll wish to, if we get that sample, examine it with the strain here whether or not they are exactly similar or whether or not they are two totally different strains and see what properties it has and subjected to additional analysis to seek out out what works there, the way it works and the use in getting a remedy.
“Clearly, all nations on the planet are involved in discovering a remedy and we aren't totally different. So, we are taking a look at all prospects, all options, all guarantees which might be made, we look at them, and before we give them to our individuals, we be sure that they are truly protected and that they work.”