Nigeria will assess an herbal potion offered by Madagascar that may cure COVID-19 patients, a top official said Monday.
The possible herbal cure for COVID-19 patients had been sent to Equatorial Guinea from where it would be airlifted to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 told a regular briefing.
Madagascar has in recent weeks touted the effectiveness of the potion, a kind of herbal tea, against the coronavirus, and offered it to other African countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a recent statement that it welcomes innovations around the world to repurpose drugs and traditional medicines to develop new therapies as potential treatments for COVID-19. The WHO also stressed that it is critical to establish efficacy and safety through rigorous clinical trials.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control late Monday confirmed 242 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 4,641.