By Shola Abayomi.
President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar has approved the exportation of the country’s herbal drug – COVID Organics (COV) – to Nigeria and other African countries.
According to Rajoelina, the herbal tonic which contains Artemisia, a plant cultivated on the Island to fight against malaria can prevent and cure patients suffering from COVID-19.
It was gathered that Nigeria’s consignment has been sent to Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja.
The drug is expected to be screened by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) before being administered to patients in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), had in a tweet on Sunday night confirmed 248 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 4399.
The NCDC tweeted: “248 new cases of #COVID19;
4399 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria
See breakdown below: