Nigeria will consider use of traditional medicine in seeking a treatment for COVID-17, Health Minister Osagie Ehanire has disclosed.
According to him, the federal government will consider “serious” stakeholders in traditional medicine. He was speaking at a press briefing bu the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Lagos.
“We will look into every assertion. Some people say they have herbs and some others say they have concoctions. Only for those that are serious, the department of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in the ministry of health will look into their claims and we will not throw away any suggestion,” he said.
“The efficacy and efficiency of these medicines have to be proven first before it is recommended for people to take.”
He addressed some ongoing medical trials saying: “the use of convalescent plasma, which is taken from people that had coronavirus that have been treated successfully”, and that such trials are under review pending confirmation.
“The same goes for hydroxychloroquine. It had been found in some tests to work outside the body, that is ‘in vitro testing’, but the chloroquine that people can swallow needs to be tested to see if it works the same way with the one taken outside the body,” he added.
The Nigerian Communications Commission says it will soon deliver a report on the safety of fifth generation network technology (5G) to the federal government. The move comes at a time when the the relationship between 5G and COVID-19 has been the subject of heated debate in the country.
“We normally conduct tests at the sites of base transceiver stations all over the country and it’s on the basis of this test that we establish whether the radiations emanating from the devices are harmful to those living there,” Umar Danbatta, NCC executive vice-chairman told Channels TV in an interview.
He stressed the safety of the technology and that the NCC is examining results from the 5G trial towards reaching a position on the issue. He said the NCC will in the report establish the propriety or otherwise of the 3.5 and 26GHz spectra.
“So far there’s no rollout of commercial 5G services in the country. This is because the whole issue of 5G is still at the trial stage and this has just been concluded.
“In the Nigerian context, what we have done so far is to embark on a 5G trial using two spectra: 3.5 and 26GHz. We’re presently studying the results of these tests and the NCC will come up with a position as to their safety.
“What we’re interested in is whether the levels from these emissions are below or above those specified by these international regulatory agencies,” he added.
Dambatta said base transceivers in the country have not recorded any station where harmful radiation was being emitted after tests were conducted, local news portal The Cable added.
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