On Saturday, a team of researchers set up by Plateau State Government to find a cure for covid-19, submitted their report, after completing the pre-clinical stage of their assignment with “tremendous success”.
The lead researcher, Prof. Noel Wannang told the State Governor Simon Lalong that the next stage of the team’s assignment will be the clinical trial where samples of the produced solution will be tested on human beings.
The products named COPLA I, II & III, are among a range of innovations pioneered by Plateau in the fight against covid-19. In April, two Plateau citizens – Williams Gyang and Nura Jibril performed the first local diagnosis of unserviceable ventilators while researching to build a new one. Few weeks later, another Plateau citizen – Jerry Mallo produced the first Nigerian ventilator with remarkable success.
Williams and Jibril later teamed up with one other to produce the first Nigerian decontamination chamber and social distance detection devices. The State in June became the first to set up a research team to find a cure for covid-19. But just when the team was yet to complete its work, another citizen of the State, Miss Tikar Moses Dongo produced what analysts say is a promising covid-19 vaccine formula. her research came to light at the same time the State research team unveiled its products, becoming the first to achieve the feat.
But is this new covid-19 remedy likely to succeed? In 2014, Nigeria made the first breakthrough in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease, using a trial remedy produced by a US based Nigerian. That remedy, successful as it was, was not approved by the World Health Organization. The same thing occured when Madagascar produced its first covid-19 cure.
Many other African made products have suffered humiliation in the hands of the international Community. However, the worse enemy of local manufacturing is patronage of foreign goods over local goods. Nigeria has the capital and human resources that can serve as both raw materials, expertise and market for any product.
Nigerians in the United States are rated the most educated and most efficient physicians. Elsewhere, Nigerians are making history. If only Nigeria can learn to patronize and support its own, soon, the country will be the envy of all.