Dr Jacob Abdullahi, a Virologist, has urged the Federal Government to support and approve available alternative medical (local) cure for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
Abdullahi, a doctoral graduate in Health Support Services at the Columbus International University, U.K., said this on Monday in Ilorin.
According to him, there is already an existing cure for the ravaging COVID-19 in Nigeria, but government is still doubting the local efficiency and production.
Abdullahi, also a Masters Degree holder in Immunology from Ambrose Alli University, Edo State, claimed that Nigeria was yet to emulate other African countries countries like Ghana and Madagascar that supports locally made drugs.
“Nigeria has yet to toe that line.
“COVID-19 cure could be sourced locally just as other countries such as Madagascar and Ghana.
“The virus that can be treated with anti-viral and immune booster drugs which we already have in the country.
“We have earlier notified the government about our breakthrough, it is just that the government do not want to take us serious.
“I know that what we have is sufficient and capable of healing the COVID-19 disease, but we have yet to come under one umbrella like what we have in Madagascar and others,” he said.
Abdullahi said that it would be difficult for the alternative medical practioners to be laying claim to the same thing about the potency of locally made drugs, if attention was not given to them.
“It will be difficult to come together to be repeating what we have been saying since 22 years ago of our existence in Nigeria as alternative medicine practioners, if we are not taken seriously.
“We have said it countless times that we have the resources to cure most diseases but government is yet to pay attention to the Trado- medicine,” he said.
He also claimed that government still doubting the potency of the locally developned cure for HIV.
“I have drug for HIV which had been patented by NAFDAC since 2004,” he said.
“We have formed an ethical committee made up of doctors, professors, scientists, pharmacists and other stakeholders to do a clinical trial which we have the result published in scientific journals all over the world.
“I dont know what else we can do because the result of that cure is about 80 per cent and I believe COVID-19 cases in the same category such as HIV,” he said.
Abdullahi explained that there were two types of virus, RNA and DNA, which he claimed have same symtoms and could be treated alike.
“There are two types of virus, the RNA and DNA, they have the same genetic material component, they do attack and this is the immune system.
“All the viruses behave in the same way, all they do is to attack immune system and establish themselves, which we already have solutions to because this is what we have been doing for over 21 years.
“The drugs here do not need any more clinical trial because even the drug approved as an emergency treatment for COVID-19 is the one being used for Ebola disease.
“The drug for Ebola only have 30 per cent success rate, but for us, we have an anti-viral and immune system drug approved by NAFDAC and can go for COVID-19 treatment as well,” he claimed.