The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, is set to hand over the Madagascan native formulation for the treatment of COVID-19 to the Ministry of Health on Wednesday (today).
The development was revealed by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire while speaking on Channels TV Sunday politics.
Recall that the Presidency a few weeks back announced the arrival of the Madagascan formulation for the treatment of COVID-19, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, however, noted on Tuesday that it is yet to receive samples for testing.
There had been reports that the drug that was delivered to President Muhammadu Buhari has remained in the possession of the SGF.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health has confirmed that the ministry would take delivery of the drug “on the next working day”.
The minister said, “The Madagascar herb is supposed to be handed over to the Ministry of Health on the next working day.”
“That’s when we will pick it up and then send to our research institutes, first of course to NAFDAC and then to the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development to look into it and tell us what it is.”
The SGF had, at the daily COVID-19 briefing last Tuesday said he had received the consignment of Madagascar’s drug and that it would be sent to the ministry of health.
“I am going to engage the minister of health who has the responsibility of validation, through his institutions that are chartered by law to do that. The President was upfront with that even when he took delivery of it from the President of Guinea Bissau,” Mustapha had said.
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