COVID-19: NCDC announces 184 new Corona virus cases in Nigeria, total infections now 4,971

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 184 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,971.

The federal health agency made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Wednesday night, May 13.

The total number of recoveries is now 1,070,

while the number of fatalities increased to 164.

Six new deaths were recorded with 111 new recoveries from the last update.
Lagos state has the highest number of confirmed cases with additional 51 new cases.

Jigawa followed with 23 cases.

Both and Bauchi and Katsina states have 16 cases each

Kano has 14 new cases.

The FCT and Rivers state have 10 cases each

Kwara state has nine new cases.

Delta and Kaduna states have five new cases each
Sokoto and Oyo states followed with four cases each.

Kebbi, Nasarawa, and Osun states all have three cases each

Ondo has two new cases.

Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Anambra, Plateau, and Niger states all have one case each.

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COVID-19: Plant extract in Madagascar’s herb grows in Nigeria – FG reveals

The Federal Government has said the extract of the plant used for the herbal drug produced by the Republic of Madagascar for the prevention and cure of coronavirus (COVID-19), grows in the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said this on Monday in Abuja, while answering questions, at the 29th joint national briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.

According to him, the herbal drug will be subjected to analysis by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to determine its efficacy and safety before it can be adopted for the treatment of COVID-19.

He said:

We are going to get samples of the herb of the botanical product for analyses and also probably use that opportunity to speak with the health authorities there particularly the scientific community on how they use it. We will also give it to the research community here with us to examine and see what they can do with it.

“We understand that it is something called Artemisia Annua, which also grows here. But we would like to get that sample and compare it with the strain here to know if they are exactly identical or similar and then see what properties it has. “It will be subjected to analysis to find out what works in there and how it works and is used in getting a cure. All countries around the world are interested in finding a cure and we are not different; So, we will look at all options and promises that have been made.

Before we give any of these medicines to our people, we will make sure they are actually safe and that they work,” Ehanire said. He also said that government will continue to encourage local producers of personal protective equipment (PPE), as it prefers local ones to their foreign counterparts. He said, “Some Nigerian manufacturers of PPEs have made presentations to us and shown us samples of what they can make. We have sent those samples to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to look at it to see if they are well constructed and if the materials used are good.

“Once we have the go-ahead, we definitely prefer local production of personal protective equipment to foreign ones because they are fast and quick, and also because they create jobs and stimulate the economy. We give preference to local manufacturers.”

Daily Trust reports that the Madagascar President, Andry Rajoelina, had officially launched a locally produced medicine he believes can prevent and cure patients suffering from COVID-19 ailment.

The drug was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research and branded COVID Organics.

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