Coronavirus (862) Madagascar Herb Can't Cure COVID-19, Nigerian Government Says

28 July, 2020

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While the preparation at high dose showed activity inreducing the frequency of cough, it did not show any evidence that it has real curative properties against COVID-19.


The Nigerian government says the Madagascar COVID-19 herb syrup did not show any evidence that it has real curative properties against COVID-19.

The Minister of Health, Dr OsagieEhanire, disclosed this in Abuja at the 52nd Joint National Briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), on COVID-19, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

According to him, the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), has shared its final report on the evaluation of the COVID Organics from Madagascar.

He said that the initial report showed that its main ingredient is the same as Artemisia annua.

"While the preparation at high dose showed activity in reducing the frequency of cough, it did not show any evidence that it has real curative properties against COVID-19.

"However, we shall continue to support all genuine efforts toward finding local COVID-19 cures," Ehaniresaid.

The minister also said that COVID-19cases recorded daily over the past weeks now fluctuate within the 500 to 700bracket, with 543 new cases in the past 24 hours.

"Accordingly, the nation'sconfirmed total number in Nigeria so far is 38,344, of which 15,815 were successfully treated and discharged.

"We have regrettably recorded 813 fatalities, mostly with co-morbidities and tested a total of 247,825 persons inall.

"We can rightly assume from the exponentially increasing numbers that the pool of potentially infectious persons in the community is rising," he said.

He, however, commended persons ofinfluence in society, who tested positive for COVID-19 and came out publicly todeclare it.

Ehanire noted that those concerned didthe nation a lot of good by showing that there was no shame and nothing to hideabout COVID-19, and they also contributed immensely to building confidence inthe health system.

While commending the nation's healthcare providers for their efforts, the minister said despite this, the focus was still on prevention, being better and cheaper than cure.

Ehanire said that the Federal Ministryof Health, through the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), now had 59 molecular diagnostic laboratories for COVID-19 tests activated.

He added that with a little improvementin logistics, lack of availability of testing capacity should not be a tenableexcuse any more.

Speaking on some of the seemingly confusing symptoms of COVID-19, the minister said that although COVID-19 couldpresent with symptoms like fever, similar to malaria, "it is not malaria".

"Symptoms like cough, sore throat,fever, loss of sense of taste or smell, difficulty in breathing, headache, andless commonly, diarrhoea, body pain, catarrh, shivering, fatigue, especiallywhen several symptoms occur together, are suggestive of COVID-19.

"A test is required," the health minister advised''


Joseph Ana


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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

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