House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to support and encourage the use of locally developed remedies for the management and treatment of COVID-19 ailments.
The House said this would enable Nigerians to ascertain their efficacy.
Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, had told the House that the government was not ruling out the possibility of using local drug for the treatment of the virus.
He insisted that the efficacy of such local drugs must first be ascertained.
Adopting a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Ossy Prestige, the House mandated its Committee on Health to interface with relevant government agencies to ensure that locally developed remedies for the treatment of COVID-19 are included in the clinical trials by the World Health Organisation WHO under its solidarity initiative.
Prestige told the House that even though the WHO had not found any effective cure or vaccine for this virus, it had launched an international clinical trial, called Solidarity, to help find an effective cure for this disease.