- Reaffirms call for resort to local manufacturing; better handling of local discovery claims
The member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon., Engr. Chris Emeka Azubogu has praised the Federal Government over its decision to import the herbal remedy developed by Madagascar for possible treatment of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, describing the step as ‘bold and apt’ at the curve we find ourselves.
The Federal Lawmaker, who conveyed the commendation through his media office, was reacting to the revelation made at the daily briefing by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 yesterday.
He explained that the FG’s decision is a welcome development and in tandem with his position and that of many Nigerians who have consistently called for flexibility in the management of the pandemic in the country, especially with regards to local claims of discoveries of curative therapies.
Recall that the secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Task Force, Boss Mustapha had revealed at Monday’s briefing that he has received instructions from Mr. President to make arrangements to airlift the Madagascar formulated COVID-19 herbal remedy for possible use in Nigeria, with a strong caveat that the remedy must be subjected to validation processes similar to what any other medicine or Syrup undergoes before use.
Recounting his position, Azubogu said: “You may recall that I have previously counseled that the authorities should accord serious attention to claims of discoveries of COVID-19 cure by various Nigerians. I had urged the Ministry of Health and Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and other relevant agencies to give our local herbs and drugs a trial”
Prior to now, the lawmaker had, during the resumed sitting of the House of Representatives on 28th April, stated that we can turn the COVID-19 pandemic into opportunities by activating our local manufacturing potentials; adding that the world is today talking about the Madagascar remedy because their Government paid heed to their local abilities, not minding objections from abroad.
His words: “Today the world is talking about Madagascar because they were not waiting for the world; they took action against objections and they are now a center of attraction on this global fight”
My position is that we should subject whatever herbal drugs anyone claims to have discovered for the cure of COVID-19 in Nigeria to validation processes. “Local manufacturing is the key as various Nations battle COVID-19 terrorized global economy” Azubogu concluded.