COVID-19: FG validates three local cure claims

The Federal Government on Wednesday mentioned it has validated three of the quite a few claims of local COVID-19 cures.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made the disclosure this on Wednesday on the day by day briefing of the Task Force.

He mentioned this adopted the Federal Ministry of Health’s digital assembly with quite a lot of researchers and scientists with claims of cure for COVID-19.



He mentioned: ‘As a measure of the significance hooked up to analysis and improvement of local capability for locating a cure to the COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health held a digital assembly with quite a lot of researchers and scientists with claims to cure for COVID-19 and out of the quite a few claimants, three had been discovered to deserve additional investigation and have been forwarded to the related authorities for applicable overview. Similarly, efforts are being made by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to topic a superb variety of domestically manufactured COVID-19 tools to verification and subsequent certification.’

The PTF chairman famous that the topic of analysis has been central to the mandate, pondering and planning of the PTF.


He mentioned: ‘Studies have proven that international locations in Africa are to this point experiencing a decrease charge of transmission, fewer extreme instances, and fewer deaths than had been predicted in earlier estimates. A current publication by WHO on danger modelling for 47 international locations within the Africa Region predicts 82,000-190,000 deaths through the first yr of the pandemic. However, African international locations have to take measure to reply to this worst-case scenario whereas additionally guaranteeing the continuation of current companies will surely stretch our already burdened well being techniques.

‘Countries within the area have to progressively enhance their capability to detect instances, not simply to know the extent of the outbreak, but additionally to determine and provoke look after individuals most in danger. They additionally have to broaden the capability to mitigate the implications of widespread neighborhood transmission of COVID-19.


Above all, extra analysis to find out the underlying components for the present pattern within the pandemic in Africa is required. In addition to pursuing this line of thought, the occurrences in Kano and another cities have given us trigger to launch our analysis initiatives utilizing current buildings and techniques in a fashion that may construct a legacy and in addition put together Nigeria for any future pandemic.

‘The PTF is glad to notice that the Central Bank of Nigeria has indicated the willingness to help analysis efforts. This is, subsequently, a name on our researchers and scientists to take up the problem.’


Mustapha reiterated the PTF’s advisory in opposition to self-medication in treating COVID-19. He mentioned: ‘Particularly, using hydroxychloroquine was discouraged as a result of it had not been licensed to be used in treating COVID-19. We have learn within the media in regards to the uncomfortable side effects of using this drug from COVID-19 sufferers that survived in addition to those that took it outdoors scientific supervision.

‘The World Health Organization (WHO) has quickly suspended all scientific trials of hydroxychloroquine as a possible therapy for COVID-19. This recommendation was knowledgeable by a examine which recognized that using hydroxychloroquine, both alone or with different medicine, has been chargeable for a excessive variety of deaths. This precautionary measure by the WHO underscores the significance of not solely looking for skilled medical recommendation but additionally guaranteeing that each one claims to therapy by scientists and researchers, whether or not typical or conventional ought to be subjected to scientific certification protocols by NAFDAC and different related establishments in order to ensure the efficacy of the invention.’


The SGF assured that the Muhammadu Buhari Administration feels the financial pains Nigerians are passing via and it is because of this that past the variety of stimulus packages particularly for residents that depend on day by day subsistence, the gradual opening up of the economic system can also be a method in making ready for a post-COVID economic system.

‘To obtain this goal, the PTF has continued to temporary the National Economic Council and the Nigeria Governors Forum. It has additionally collaborated with the Economic Sustainability Committee, the Economic Impact Committee and the Committee on Free Movement of Agricultural and Allied Produce.

‘The PTF additionally continues to work together with the personal sector, non secular and conventional rulers in pursuit of a strong nationwide response,’ he mentioned.

Speaking on the Eid celebration, Mustapha mentioned the PTF noticed actions nationwide and the stories acquired had been blended.

According to him, the way in which this yr’s Eid was celebrated ‘additional reminds us that we live in uncommon instances occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, thus bringing out the necessity to strengthen our resolve to alter our behaviour and get attuned to new methods of life as a result of what we used to know as regular has been completely modified.’

He mentioned the duty pressure, nevertheless, stays dedicated to the pursuit of methods that will promote residents well-being and channel assets in direction of efforts that will assure the nation overcome this pandemic whereas limiting its unfavourable results on particular person and collective survival.

Mustapha introduced that the Federal Government has launched protocol on neighborhood possession of COVID-19 administration.

He mentioned {that a} protocol has been developed and it offers neighborhood members higher involvement and possession in figuring out and supporting the case administration course of. The particulars will probably be unfolded within the coming days.

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