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Nigeria reportedly set to take delivery of Madagascar’s COVID-19 drug

Nigeria reportedly set to take delivery of Madagascar’s COVID-19 drug

Nigeria is reportedly set to take delivery of COVID Organics, a herbal drug produced in the Republic of Madagascar for the prevention and treatment of coronavirus.

The country is said to be planning to airlift drugs from from Equatorial Guinea where the consignment was sent by the Madagascar’s authority, The Nation has reported. The report stated that, for ease of transportation, African countries were divided into zones leading to the freighting of Nigeria’s consignments to Equatorial Guinea.

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are said to be under pressure to conduct further analysis of the drug and possibly insist on placing drug on clinincal trial before it will be administered on COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

There has been no official statement from the government or the Nigerian Centre of Disease Control on this. NAFDAC is also yet to react to this speculation having previously taken side with WHO on non-administration of unapproved medications on COVID-19 patients.

Nigeria has recorded a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the country one week after the easing of lockdown by the federal government. This spike has engendered calls for fresh lockdown to be imposed in the country as  medical experts pointing to the violation of social distancing and other NCDC guidelines made to contain the virus in the country.

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