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FG investigates 3 Nigeria-made potential cure for Covid-19

By Danmaryam Zayamu

The Federal Government says it has submitted three candidates for the cure of Covid-19 to the relevant agencies for further investigation.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a media briefing organized by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), he said, has indicated the willingness to support research efforts on Covid-19.

ExpressDay recalls that many scientists and researchers in Nigeria, in the past few days, have claimed that they have developed cure for Covid-19.

“As a measure of the importance attached to research and development of local capacity for finding a cure to the Covid-19, the Federal Ministry of Health held a virtual meeting with a number of researchers and scientists with claims to cure for Covid-19 and out of the numerous claimants, three were found to deserve further investigation and have been forwarded to the relevant authorities for appropriate review.

“Similarly, efforts are being made by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to subject a good number of locally manufactured Covid-19 equipment to verification and subsequent certification,” Mustapha said.

Meanwhile, the federal government has debunked the rumours making the round that it has fixed date for the reopening of schools.

Speaking at the media briefing, the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba, clarified that the PTF on Covid-19, has not announced any date for the reopening of schools across the country.

He explained that: “Until we are sure that our children can go to school and return safely without taking Covid-19 home, we are not ready to take the risk of opening schools.”

According to him, the Federal Government will rely on the opinion of experts and the guidance of the World Health Organisation (WHO) before announcing any date for the resumption of schools.

Nwajiuba reiterated that the government is working on a model to ensure that all the children do not return to their schools at the same time to ensure physical and social distancing as well as proper sanitation and hygiene at every school.

The plan, he said, entailed adopting a two-shift system and allowing those who will write exams to return earlier than others.

He, therefore, called on state governments and owners of private schools to plan ahead on how to ensure maximum safety for students when the resumption plan is unveiled.

Written by ExpressDay

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