The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha today disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the presidential task force on COVID-19 to import the COVID-19 Syrup from Madagascar.
Boss Mustapha while addressing newsmen in Abuja today at the daily briefing of the taskforce affirmed that Madagascar had donated some of the products to Nigeria through Equatorial Guinea, and arrangements were already being made to recover them.
He, however, said that the syrup will be tested according to standard validation processes for pharmaceutical products.
”I have received instructions from Mr President to make arrangement to fret it home with a clear instruction that I should subject it to the validation process similar to what will happen to any other medicine or syrup or vaccine that is discovered or created internally. It will be subjected to the same process before it is put into any form of use.”
Further explaining the process of how the syrup will be sent to Nigeria, popular Nigerian News The Nation said;
“The consignments of the drug are being distributed to different countries in Africa based on zonal grouping. We have been told that Nigeria’s consignment is in Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja.
“When the herbal drink is brought into the country, we will know the next step. But some medical and scientific organisations are pressurising that the drug be subjected to clinical trial.
“Some countries like Tanzania, Congo-Brazzaville, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea have subscribed to the drugs. Also, while South Africa has offered to conduct a scientific analysis of the drug, Senegal said it will subject it to clinical trial.
“I can assure you that the Federal Government will take the best decision on the drug in the overall interest of Nigerians.
“Before any food or drug can be administered in this country, there are certain protocols that must be followed. The government will not circumvent these protocols. We want solution; we want the best for Nigerians.”