The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has directed the management of Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) to design and produce unique facemasks as part of efforts to curtail Covid-19 in the country. The face masks to be produced must be in line with the standard set by World Health Organization (WHO)
Dr. Onu, who gave the directive during a facility visit to the headquarters of the council on Friday in Abuja, further said the production of the facemasks will save Nigeria much needed foreign exchange being depleted through importation aside from curtailing Covid-19.
The Minister was at (RMRDC) to inspect its inputs into the Covid-19 management in Nigeria.
Dr. Onu commended the (RMRDC) for using wild tubers in producing pharmaceutical starch used in industries, thereby saving Nigeria billions of Naira.
According to Dr. Onu the production of pharmaceutical grade Starch from wild Yam tubers, could be used to produce to capsules, tablets, syrups and glucose. These innovations could help Nigeria reduce import of these materials and improve the country’s health sector, he added.
According to Dr. Onu many businesses could be generated through the council as many Nigerians would be encouraged to venture into wild tuber production and other raw materials.
He further said that Nigeria has competent scientists, that could produce vaccines capable of fighting infectious diseases.
According to Dr. Onu, Nigeria cannot afford to import medical materials at this moment, adding that this could strain the nation’s foreign exchange reserve and harm the economy.
DIRECTOR (PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS)
17TH APRIL 2020