The minister for well being, Osagie Ehanire has revealed that the ‘Madagascar treatment‘ introduced into the nation by the federal authorities to fight the novel coronavirus is for malaria and that Nigeria at present has a plantation of the identical drug.
Talking throughout the presidential job drive COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, he stated the invention was made after the drug was subjected to laboratory evaluation.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who acquired parts of the drug from Guinea Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo, had stated the drug would undergo the verification course of which different treatments for COVID-19 are being subjected to.
He stated, Preliminary outcomes of the evaluation of the so-called Madagascar herbs or organics completed by the Nationwide Institute for Pharmaceutical Analysis and Growth (NIPRD) reveals that it’s the identical because the plant known as Artemisia anua, which is grown within the NIPRD farm in Abuja, he stated.
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Additional analysis on its efficacy will probably be carried out when the grants for the analysis are permitted.
The so-called Madagascar herb is one element of the malaria remedy medication.
Some years in the past, the federal government imported this plant and has a plantation of it in making an attempt to develop its manufacturing of the artemisinin-based mixture remedy (ACT).
The plantation continues to be there, however the course of has not gone that a lot additional.
We’re trying into seeing what has held it up, however the plant is right here; it was supposed for producing anti-malarial, and the kind we now have right here has a really excessive yield of artemisinin, which is the lively ingredient.
The species we now have right here have been examined they usually have a really excessive focus of artemisinin.
To see whether or not it really works towards the coronavirus illness is what additional analysis must carry.