Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has received the Madagascan drug against the COVID-19 pandemic and reiterated that he will listen to science before allowing any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians.

Receiving President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau, who brought along with him the samples of the traditional medicine as shared to African nations by Madagascar on Saturday at the State House, Abuja, President Buhari said that his position on all such herbal or traditional medicinal postulates had remained the same.

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“We have our institutions, systems and processes in the country. Any such formulations should be sent to them for verification. I will not put it to use without the endorsement of our institutions,” said the Nigerian President.

However, The World Health Organization (WHO) last week said that it is in touch with Madagascar over its herbal drink COVID-19 Organics (CVO) — believed to cure coronavirus. ”We are in touch with the government of Madagascar,” Matshidiso Moeti, regional director of WHO office in Africa, told a media briefing.

The WHO response came after Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina had slammed the global health body for not endorsing the CVO.

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