According to Health Minister Osagie Ehanire, the federal government will consider “serious” stakeholders in traditional medicine. He was speaking at a press briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Lagos.
“We will look into every assertion. Some people say they have herbs and some others say they have concoctions. Only for those that are serious, the department of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in the ministry of health will look into their claims and we will not throw away any suggestion,” he said.
“The efficacy and efficiency of these medicines have to be proven first before it is recommended for people to take.”
He addressed some ongoing medical trials saying: “the use of convalescent plasma, which is taken from people that had coronavirus that have been treated successfully”, and that such trials are under review pending confirmation.
“The same goes for hydroxychloroquine. It had been found in some tests to work outside the body, that is ‘in vitro testing’, but the chloroquine that people can swallow needs to be tested to see if it works the same way with the one taken outside the body,” he added.