The Presidential Task Force on COVID19 says it will do anything to ease the strain of the coronavirus outbreak on Nigerians.
The herbal tea, named COVID Organics and produced by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA), was created from the Artemisia plant, and has been touted as a cure for the coronavirus disease, but health experts have warned about its risks.
The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19 says the country is exploring every avenue to fight the coronavirus disease, including importing a planeload of herbal tea touted as a cure by the government of Madagascar.
Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina launched the herbal tea, named COVID-Organics, last week, claiming that it has cured two people already. The government started handing out the herbal tea for free to citizens last week, even though the country’s national medical academy has warned that no scientific evidence has been established that it works.
While speaking during the PTF’s media briefing on Tuesday, April 20, 2020, Mustapha said the task force is keeping tabs on everything happening regarding the coronavirus across the world.
“I was reading of the experiences in Madagascar of why everybody is drinking some solutions that have been prepared.
“This morning I was sharing with my wife and I told her that probably I’ll request Mr President to allow us import a planeload for a trial.
“We’re all navigating uncharted course. Nobody has ever been on this road,”
the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said.
Mustapha assured Nigerians that the task force will explore everything that will help to defeat the coronavirus pandemic that has infected over 3 million people across the world.