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We’re not ruling out local herbs for COVID-19 treatment – Ehanire

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THE possibility of using local herbs in the treatment of coronavirus in Nigeria has received boost with Federal government stating not ruling out the possibility.

  Speaking during the presidential task force briefing on Covid-19 on Tuesday, minister of health,  Dr, Osagie Ehanire,  disclosed that countries across the world are under pressure and consideration of local options for Covid-19 cure should not be ruled out; adding that tests are ongoing on the effectiveness of chloroquine on the novel coronavirus.

  The federal government said it is not ruling out the possibility of using local herbs to tackle the novel coronavirus as countries across the world divert towards local alternative.

  He, however, stated that should the federal government look the way of the herbal cure, Nigerian Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development must first certify their efficacy.

  Continuing, Ehanire emphasised that tests are ongoing on the effectiveness of chloroquine to cure the Covid-19 infection. “Before now, it was said that chloroquine can destroy the virus. But tests are still going on in that regard.

  “We have to test the efficacy of local drugs to see of it can kill the virus and also to find out that in the process of killing the virus, it cannot affect the body system.

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