As several countries are reporting progress in the search for homegrown solutions to COVID-19, in terms of prevention, testing, treating and managing patients, the situation appears different in Nigeria, which is yet to publicly accept any indigenous solutions to the disease.
Earlier this year, professor of Pharmacognosy and President/Founder of Bioresources Development Group (BDG), Prof. Maurice Iwu, on March 2, presented a drug for possible prevention and treatment of COVID-19 to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonna Onu, and the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, in Abuja. Up till now, there has not been any positive feedback on the drug.
The ministers allegedly refused to conduct clinical trials on the drug registered by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) or try it on COVID-19 patients.
Similarly, last week, NAFDAC, FMoH and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 openly…
Source: Guardian Newspaper