The Federal Government has validated three local drugs for the treatment of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made this known during the daily briefing of the committee on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that three COVID-19 herbal drugs have been validated and forwarded to relevant authorities for testing.
Mustapha noted that the validation was made by the Federal Ministry of Health after holding a virtual meeting with Nigerian Researchers and Scientists.
He noted that the decision to meet with the researchers was also prompted by the incidents of mysterious deaths in Kano and some other cities.
“The occurrences in Kano and some other cities have given cause to launch our research initiatives using existing structures and systems in a manner that will build a legacy and prepare Nigeria for any future pandemic.
“As a measure of the importance attached to research and development of local capacity for finding a cure for COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of health held a virtual meeting with a number of researchers and scientists with claims to cure COVID-19.
“Out of the numerous claims, three were found to deserve further investigation and we have forwarded them to the relevant authorities for appropriate review,” the SGF said.
He added that efforts are equally being made to meet inventors of locally fabricated COVID-19 equipment.