We Would Never Give Any COVID-19 Patient To Herbal Practitioners – Minister Of Health

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has reacted to criticisms the was not looking inward in the search for COVID-19 cure.

He said many traditional medicines were being suggested by some herbal practitioners in the country as cures for COVID-19 had not been tested and might be toxic.

The minister, spoke at the PTF press in Abuja, said the traditional cures must first be tested on animals and certified not to be toxic.

He said the would not give COVID-19 to traditional or alternative medical practitioners to test the efficacy of drugs as there were no “human guinea pigs.”

He said, “On the cure of COVID-19, the traditional medicines have been given to us or rather people said they had, we have referred to them to Traditional Medicine Complementary Department of the Federal of Health and to the Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development to evaluate.

“But some of them, have written to me that they have medicines, have asked me to give them 10 so that they can cure them. They ‘give me 10, give me and I cure them, and you see that works.’

“But we don’t do like that in medicine. We don’t have human guinea pigs. Anybody knows that he or she has a cure must prove to me that was tried and worked. Many of the cures are not tested on anyone at all.

“Of course, I am not giving them anyone to go and carry out tests. That is why they have to go through the research cycle to make sure that medicines are not toxic and you can also check the efficacy. So, those are things that be tested.

“Any kind of medicine can be toxic. The toxicity can be checked and you can also check the efficacy. And as you know, you have to try on animals such as rats and mouse, before is certified.”

Ehanire added that the would mandate to the conditions of the because of the complaints about the feeding and living conditions in some of the centres.

He also said the Federal Government was making efforts to get more materials for COVID-19 treatment.

The minister stated, “We are increasing our intensive care units beds and ventilators. We have some on order and we are also getting from countries. The United President promised Nigeria some ventilators. We also got a letter that the government of China is sending us another load of relief materials to attend to COVID-19. So it is a question of fixing them particularly in our teaching hospitals and federal medical centres.

“Without drawing any conclusion, the number of persons who have required ventilators so far is very few.

“The fatalities arising from COVID-19 are overwhelmingly connected to pre-existing conditions such as kidney disease, high blood pressure, and tuberculosis. They are connected to age and underlying conditions”.