The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has promised to expedite the examination of the alleged COVID-19 herbal cure which Madagascar sent to Nigeria.
The herb, called Covid-Organics, arrived Nigeria on Saturday.
NAFDAC’s mandate includes the regulation and control of the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, packaged water, chemicals and detergents.
The agency said on Saturday that it would subject the herb to the usual procedure except that this one would be done as quickly as possible.
The President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Embalo, delivered the herb to his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, and while receiving some samples, Buhari said he would “listen to science” before allowing the product or any new medicines to be used in Nigeria.
“We have our institutions, systems and processes in the country. Any such formulations should be sent to them for verification. I will not put it to use without the endorsement of our institutions,” Buhari said.
Buhari, who commended Embalo on his victory and for being able to stabilise his country, noted that Nigeria was determined to keep West Africa politically stable, promising to support the new government in Guinea Bissau.
The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha has said earlier on Thursday that Nigeria did not request nor buy the herbal medicine from Madagascar, adding that it was a gesture from Madagascar to all African countries, including Nigeria.