The Federal government of Nigeria will hand over the Covid-19 Madagascar cure to the Ministry of Health.
According to a statement by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire during a programme on Channels Television.
Over a week after receiving the Madagascar cure for coronavirus, the Presidency had yet to send the samples to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for proper testing.
According to reports, the drug, which was delivered to President Buhari by his Guinea Bissau counterpart, Umarro Embalo, weeks ago is in the possession of the SGF, Boss Mustapha.
Osagie Ehanire confirm the Madagascar cure reports
Meanwhile the Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire, confirmirming the report, said his ministry would take delivery of the drug “on the next working day”.
Since the Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr, the next working day is Wednesday.
“The Madagascar herb is supposed to be handed over to the Ministry of Health on the next working day.
“That’s when we will pick it up and then send to our research institutes, first of course to NAFDAC and then to the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development to look into it and tell us what it is.”
“I am going to engage the minister of health who has the responsibility of validation, through his institutions that are chartered by law to do that. The President was upfront with that even when he took delivery of it from the President of Guinea Bissau,” Mustapha had said.