The presidential task force on covid19 the Federal Ministry Health has listed 3 Nigerian medicines that will undergo testing which will serve as a cure for covid19 or its symptoms.
The chairman presidential task force on covid19 and Secretary to Government of the federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, revealed this at the PTF press conference in Abuja, where the Ministry of health said that the Federal Government is finding it difficult to deal with the increasing cases of covid19.
However, Mustapha said the 3 drugs under consideration will be subjected to further testing by the various health agencies.
It was understood that the Federal Ministry of health is vetting 19 local companies for the production of herbal remedies that could possibly cure or treat corona virus.
The Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora said that the firms has been requested to bring their drug samples for testing.
On Wednesday at the PTF press briefing, Boss Mustapha revealed that the Federal Ministry of Health held a virtual meeting with scientists who made claims as regards the efficacy of the herbal remedies of which 3 herbal drugs were shortlisted for further testing.
He said that there should be some level of importance placed on finding a local remedy for covid19, the Federal Ministry of Health held a video conference meeting in which scientists and researchers were invited and they made claims as to the possible herbal remedies for civid19 of which 19 herbal drugs was suggested and at the end of the meeting, 3 were passed for further testing.
Similarly the Ministry of Science and Technology has been charged with verifying and certifying local equipment produced in the country.
The task force supports the decision by the WHO to suspend clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of corona virus.
The PTF chairman has urged NAFDAC and other relevant agencies to thoroughly test the 3 herbal remedies that has been selected.