By Idowu Abdullahi,
Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, has thrown his weight behind the Federal Government decision to import the coronavirus organics claimed to be effective in treatment of the pandemic.
This as he also called for the authorisation of local inventions of similar herbal remedies by the government to augment the already established coronavirus treatment procedures in the country.
Obi, who contested as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate in the 2019 presidential election, through a post on his social media page on Tuesday, said the authorisation will boost the confidence of local researchers in achieving pure local remedies to the global pandemic.
The move, he said, will save the nation from spending from its lean resources if attention could be redirected to locally made herbal remedies which could prove effective in the treatment of the deadly respiratory disease and aid in gaining early control against the virus.
“I firmly support the authorisation of President Muhammadu Buhari for importation and subjection of the Madagascar COVID-19 Syrup to standard validation process for pharmaceuticals, and possibly for use in the cure of this virus.
“Similar authorisation and encouragement should be given to local inventions. This will save us scarce forex and will give confidence to domestic researchers and inventors,” he wrote.
The Guild reports that the Federal Government had yesterday disclosed that the nation is set to receive its allocation of the Madagascar Covid-19 herbal syrup, saying that the medicine would be subjected to series of validation tests in order to determine efficacy and proper usage before administration would be commenced to coronavirus patients.
It said that the Madagascan government had promised to send a batch of the acclaimed herbal coronavirus cure and that presidential orders had been given for the airlifting of the syrup into the country.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who made the confirmation to newsmen during a daily Covid-19 update in Abuja, stated that the herbal medicine would undergo appropriate validation by the relevant agencies in the country.
He said that the drug would be made to undergo all appropriate tests for pharmaceutical validation and that administration would only be allowed to commence after the medicine had been approved for use by relevant authorities.