Covid-19: Herbal Remedy Must Be Assessed Before Use, Says Health Minister

…NCNC Confirms 38 New Cases As Kano Tops List

Senator Adeleke Mamora, Minister of State for Health



Minister of State for Health, Senator Adeleke Mamora on Tuesday disclosed that claims of herbal treatment for coronavirus disease by alternative medicine practitioners must be verified and certified first before the decision can be taken on the herbal remedies.

The Minister who expressed pessimism about the development, however said, “Requests have made by some practitioner of herbal medicine practitioners laying claims of treatment for COVID-19. We encourage people to come forward but they would have to go through the necessary protocol for assessment. The Alternative Medicine Department of the Ministry and the National Institute of Research and Development are working together to justify their claims. But from experience, I can say many of these herbalists usually do not come back for assessment.”

According to Mamora, who made this disclosure at the update at the daily press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on Covid -19 in Abuja, Tuesday, 38 new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in the country.

He gave the breakdown as follows: 23 in Kano, 5 Gombe, 3 Kaduna, Borno and Abia, one in FCT, Abuja, Sokoto and Ekiti. That brings the total number of infections in the country to 665. 188 patients have recovered from the disease and discharged.

He said as part of measures to tackle the disease, particularly now that it has shifted to the community phase, the National Rapid Response team in each state in the country and 23 teams other at the community level, have been deployed to ensure the containment measures are carried out.

“We are faced now with community transmission and we require more testing kits and diagnostics. There are 13 laboratories for testing up from four to help us intensified our efforts at community levels.

“There is the need to let our people know they have to protect themselves by using face mask that have been scientifically proven to reduce spread of respiratory contraction. Also our people need to avoid mass gathering,” he said, adding that improved clothe mask will suffice at community level.

He warned, “But people should not use nylon or polyester. People can use do-it –yourself mask, using local fabrics, which they should wash and iron at the end of the day.”