Nigerians look to Madagascar for a cure as they ask for a #LockdownExtension


If you have been following the global news, then you know Island nation Madagascar has been getting a lot of press for their herbal remedy, which they report has helped them achieve near miraculous recovery reports (about 90% recoveries and no deaths). This is in complete contrast to Nigeria, which will cross 3000 confirmed cases by the end of today and is teetering close to 100 deaths. Even though unreported cases in Kano and Jigawa suggest the numbers of deaths are significantly higher than what the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has the capacity to test for and report.

Three thousand cases less than 2 months is much smaller than recorded cases in more established countries, but it also a worrisome number for Nigeria, where large families, extreme poverty and slum communities all work together to make social distancing incredibly difficult, if not completely impossible. On Monday, at the threat of permanently crippling its economy, Nigeria reluctantly eased its restrictions on movement and public gatherings, allowing corporate organizations and markets to reopen and begin to conduct business. The real damage from this decision will only be discovered two weeks from now when the incubation period for the virus passes and people who have been infected during the lock down begin to show symptoms. It is to forestall this that Nigerians are asking for the country to import Madagascar’s miracle cure into the country to provide a homeopathic substitute to other solutions being touted to combat the Coronavirus.

Gilead co, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies and patent holder for Resmedevsir, the world’s foremost treatment for the Coronavirus, reducing symptoms from 15 days to 11 days has donated its entire stock of vaccinations towards treating the virus and is working to make the treatment readily available as the world rushes towards finding a cure. If Nigeria is going to import Madagascar’s miracle cure, it will have to go through intense scrutiny from the National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and cleared for human consumption before it can be sold in the country, and as for the lock down. No government can afford to sustain the lock down for much longer so we must find other alternatives. We must find our own Madagascar.


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