The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) has revealed that the “COVID Organics”, the herb produced by Madagascar, cannot cure coronavirus.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that the drug must be verified before use after receiving the COVID Organics from Guinea-Bissau in May 2020.
The drug was launched on April 20, with its main ingredient being sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua), a plant of Asian origin from where the antimalarial drug, artemisinin, came.
Releasing details of the test carried out on Sunday, the federal government agency said it subjected the herb to scientific analysis and discovered that it is not as potent as claimed.
The report read: “Safety studies show that COVID ORGANICS (CVO) products do not alter the normal physiology of the animals.
“CVO caused a significant decrease in the platelet counts although the values are within the physiological range for Wistar rats.
“The increase in alkaline phosphatase observed in the CVO female group may indicate a cause of concern although the values are within the physiological ranges for Wistar rats and this was not observed in the organs.
“On the whole CVO can be considered safe based on the model used which did not cover other routes of administration, effects of long-term use, or organ histological evaluation of the test systems.
“CVO reduced cough frequency with the maximum dose tested producing an effect equivalent to that produced by the centrally acting cough-suppressant, dihydrocodeine.
“To further characterise this product based on its effect on the respiratory tract, it will be important to investigate its effect on tracheal mucus expectoration.
“While CVO dose-dependently reduced general febrile response, the effect was not sustained and was less than for indomethacin.”
“Well, I cannot tell you what they have done. I can only tell you what we have done here.
“The analysis we gave in our report is more detailed than anything that had come from their country. They are hiding the analysis of their own product. If you go online, you cannot get the level of analysis that we gave,” Obi Adigwe, director-general of NIPRD added.
The new cases of COVID-19 infection were confirmed via a statement on the official Twitter handle of the health agency.
This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 36,663, which includes 15,105 discharged persons and 789 deaths.
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