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COVID-19: WHO Meets African Herbal Experts as Nigeria’s Infection Rates Drop

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•Nigeria recorded 146 new infections, eight deaths on Tuesday

Jude Johnson

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it has met with 70 traditional medicine experts in a bid to find a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is coming as Nigeria recorded its lowest daily infection of COVID-19 in one week.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by WHO Afro Region via its official Twitter handle @WHOAFRO.

The health organisation said an agreement was reached with the herbal medicine experts on clinical trials of their remedies.

“70 traditional medicine experts from countries across #Africa held a virtual meeting with @WHO on the role of traditional medicine in the #COVID19 response.

“They unanimously agreed that clinical trials must be conducted for all medicines in the Region, without exception,” @WHOAFRO tweeted.

This meeting is coming a day after Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina batted away criticism for promoting a homegrown “remedy” for COVID-19, charging that the West has a condescending attitude toward traditional African medicine.

“If it wasn’t Madagascar, and if it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt? I don’t think so,”

Madagascar’s President told French media in an interview on Monday.

In a related development, Nigeria on Tuesday recorded a massive drop in the rate of infection from the Coronavirus Disease.

This was from the figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via twitter.

The figures showed a total of 146 infections all over the country.

In the last one week, the country had largely gone past 200 infection cases on daily basis.

For Tuesday, Lagos State still led the states chart, with eight deaths recorded, lifting the fatality figure from 150 to 158.

While Lagos State had 57 infections, Kano and Kwara States had 27 and 10 cases.

Edo, Bauchi and Yobe States had nine, eight and seven cases respectively, with Kebbi and Oyo States recording four each.

While Katsina and Niger State recorded three cases each, the number of infected in Plateau, Borno, Sokoto and Benue States were two each.

Gombe, Enugu, Ebonyi, Ogun and Rivers States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja all had a case each.

In all by Tuesday, Nigeria has had a total of 4,787 cases of COVID19, with 959 successfully treated and discharged.

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