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Covid-19: Madagascar syrup to be airlifted into Nigeria – FG

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha has said that the quantity of Madagascar syrup reportedly effective for Covid-19 treatment allocated to Nigeria, to be airlifted into the country.

He made this known on Monday in Abuja at the 29th joint national briefing of the taskforce, he said President Muhammed Buhari gave the order for the syrup to be airlifted into Nigeria. Though, Nigeria had not taken delivery of the Madagascar COVID-19 solution yet. “Madagascar has made allocations to various countries.

It has been sent to Guinea Bissau by the President or Prime Minister of Madagascar and certain allocations have been made to different countries.We have an indication of the quantity that has been allocated to Nigeria and we are supposed to make an arrangement to freight it out of Guinea Bissau to Nigeria.

“I have received instructions from Mr. President to make arrangements to freight it home, with a clear instruction that I should subject it to the validation process similar to what will happen to any other medicine or syrup or vaccine that is discovered or created internally”, he said. He added that Nigeria has only one National Response to the COVID-19 pandemic while responding to a question on it. “So, the syrup will be subjected to the same process before it is put into any form of use.

There will be no exception for that.” Madagascan President, Andry Rajoelina, weeks ago, launched a locally produced medicine he believes can prevent and cure patients suffering from COVID-19 ailment. The drug was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research and branded COVID Organics.

While presenting the drug to the media, he said it contains Artemisia, a plant cultivated in the country to fight against malaria. “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”.

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