The Federal Government has announced that some local researchers claim to have developed a cure for COVID-19.
Among 19 claims subjected to validation protocols by the Federal Ministry of Health, only three passed preliminary stages and worthy of further investigations.
The Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 made this known on Wednesday at its daily briefing.
The Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha said, “As a measure of the importance attached to research and development of local capacity for finding a cure to the COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health held a virtual meeting with a number of researchers and scientists with claims to cure for COVID-19 and of the numerous claimants, three were found to deserve further investigation and have been forwarded to the relevant authorities for appropriate review.
“Similarly, efforts are being made by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to subject a good number of locally manufactured COVID-19 equipment to verification and subsequent certification.”
He appreciated the lower rate of transmission and case fatalities in Africa but added that countries in the region needed to progressively increase their capacity to detect cases, not just to know the extent of the outbreak, but also to identify and initiate care for people most at risk.
“They also need to expand capacity to mitigate the implications of widespread community transmission of COVID-19.
“Above all, more research to determine the underlying factors for the current trend in the pandemic in Africa is needed. In addition to pursuing this line of thought, the occurrences in Kano and some other cities have given us cause to launch our research initiatives using existing structures and systems in a manner that will build a legacy and also prepare Nigeria for any future pandemic.
“The PTF is happy to note that the Central Bank of Nigeria has indicated its willingness to support research efforts. This is, therefore, a call on our researchers and scientists to take up the challenge.
“As Nigeria progresses into the closing days of the extension of the eased lockdown (Phase 1), I wish to assure all Nigerians that Muhammadu Buhari’s administration feels the economic pains they are passing through and it is for this reason that beyond the number of stimulus packages, especially for citizens that rely on daily subsistence, the gradual opening up of the economy is also a strategy in preparing for a post-COVID economy,” Mustapha said.