The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has disclosed that three out of the numerous claims of COVID-19 local cure have been validated and forwarded for further investigation.
Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha who made the announcement on Wednesday May 27, said the validation was made by the Federal Ministry of Health after holding a virtual meeting with Nigerian Researchers and Scientists.
Mustapha also disclosed that the cases of mysterious deaths in Kano and some other cities led to the meeting with researchers.
“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.
“Similarly, efforts are being made by the Ministry of Science and Technology to subject a good number of locally fabricated COVID-19 equipment for verification and subsequent certification”.
Researchers were urged to boldly come forward with their innovation as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is willing to support research efforts.