Paul recently revealed that besides looking for solutions that have worked elsewhere, FG must look inward for local remedies.
According to Orajiaka, because there is no known cure or vaccine yet globally to combat the virus, searching for herbal tonic and natural medicinal herbs to help Nigerians is not a bad idea.
He added that Nigeria is filled with several human and natural resources that can give us the solution to this problem.
His words, “We should as a country blessed with huge array of human and natural resources cannot afford to take a cue from small Island as Madagascar of about 26million people on how to develop herbal tonic if that is the only remedy possible at this stage”.
“I have noticed with some sense of concern, debates and diverse opinion regarding the merit or demerit of the Presidents directive. In my opinion, in the absence of any known Nigerian herbal tonic that has gotten the kind of international attention and acclaim the Madagascar tonic has received, it makes practical sense to give it a trial once it has gone through the validation process as directed by the President”.
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Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses. The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.
Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were an infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two in human patients with the common cold (later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43). Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.
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