Madagascar COVID-19 herb majorly anti-malaria- FG

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The Thursday said that findings from the analysis ’s herb called ‘ Organics’ show the mixture contains largely anti-malaria constituents.

It said that although the plant component the herb grows and is a higher efficacy for treating malaria, relevant government agencies continue the process evaluation to determine its effectiveness treating -19.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made this known Abuja during the daily briefing of the -19.

He said: “Preliminary results of the analysis of the so-called herbs by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) show that it is the same as the plant Artemisia anua, which is grown in the NIPRD farm. research its efficacy be conducted when the grants for research is approved.

“The so-called herb is one component of the malaria treatment medicine. Some years ago, the government actually imported this plant and has a plantation of it in trying to its own production of the artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT). The plantation is still there but the process has not gone that much .

“We are looking into seeing what has held it up but the plant is here; it intended for producing anti-malarial, and the type we have here has a very yield of artemisinin – which is actually the active ingredient.

“The species we have here have been tested and they have very concentration of artemisinin.

“To see whether it works against the coronavirus disease is what research have to bring.

“What is clear is that the Madagascar’s herb has been identified that it contains largely this artemisia anua and other things were found in the product including the bark of a tree and other things which may have been thought to be impurities that came along with it.”

The Nation