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NAFDAC gets ready for test as Madagascar sends Covid-19 alleged herbal cure to Nigeria

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NAFDAC gets ready for test as Madagascar sends Covid-19 alleged herbal cure to Nigeria

The Republic of Madagascar has sent consignments of her Covid-19 herbal remedy, COVID Organics, to Nigeria and other countries in Africa.

According to reports reaching us, the herbal drug is solely made for prevention and cure of the novel Coronavirus.

To ensure easy transportation of the consignments, African countries were categorically split into several zones, which led to the freighting of Nigeria’s consignments to Equatorial Guinea, from where it will be airlifted to Abuja.

Sequel to this development, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has set up a team of experts in partnership with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD, to enable them subject the herbal drug to further analysis and clinical trials before they can be used in the country.

However, the Federal Government over the weekend was yet to make an official statement because the AU has mandated its Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Africa CDC, to review the scientific data gathered so far on the efficacy and safety of the proposed Covid-19 herbal drugs.

In another news, the World Health Organisation, WHO, has said that the efficacy of the herbal drug is yet to be proven, and Nigeria’s COVID-19 positive tally has moved to 4,399 last night with 248 new cases announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

Meanwhile, as part of steps to contain Covid-19 in the country, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has commenced negotiations with the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, and National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, on possible ways to source volunteer doctors and health workers who will help to assist ravaged states in the North-West and North-East especially, Kano, Katsina, Borno, Bauchi, Yobe and Jigawa that recently recorded 100 deaths.

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ASUU chapters at loggerheads after FG offer to end 8-month strike.

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The controversy generated by the ongoing strike between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is yet to abate despite the pleas from Nigerians.

The Nation reports that some branches of ASUU were divided over whether to accept the federal government’s offer and call off their eight-month-old strike. Legit.ng gathered that the union would harmonise the positions of zones and branches at a meeting in Abuja on Friday, November 27. The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, addressing the leadership of ASUU in Abuja over the strike. The report said while some branches insisted that the government must meet all the demands before the strike is called off, the union may put the decision to a vote. It was learnt that the Ahmadu Bello University branch agreed with the government on the N40 billion Earned Academic Allowance (EAA).

The branch, however, called for payment of the allowance before the strike will be called off. The newspaper noted that the lecturers at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Delta state, said negotiations with the federal government must be concluded before the strike is called off. The chairman of ASUU at the university, Ezekiel Agbalagba, said the congress on Wednesday, November 25, accepted the EAA, but rejected the N25 billion for the revitalisation of the varsities.

He said:

“We are willing to suspend the strike, but some of those contending issues should be thrashed and thrashed once.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the authority of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) directed all non-teaching staff of the institution to resume work on Friday, November 27, with cutlasses, hoes, brooms, and buckets to clear overgrown grass, sweep offices as well as keep the environment clean.

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