Supposed Madagascar herbal against COVID-19 not a cure, says WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) dismissed Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina claims that the herbal tonic produced in the country can cure patients of COVID-19.
This comes after wide speculation that the country had invented the cure for the virus and was being distributed in other countries in Africa.
However, on Wednesday, President Rajoelina said Madagascar will sign a confidentiality clause with the WHO on the formulation of COVID-Organics, the purported cure for the coronavirus pandemic.
He disclosed this after a teleconference with WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghabreyesus on May 20, 2020 with confirmation that the agency had agreed to support the country’s clinical observation process.
“Successful exchange with Dr. Tedros who commends Madagascar’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19,” he posted on Twitter.
Other countries on the continent such as Tanzania and Guinea-Bissau have made plans to import the tonic, which contains the artemisia plant, which is normally used to treat malaria.
The continent’s Southeast coast island has so far confirmed 372 cases of coronavirus with 131 recoveries and two deaths.
The supposed cure was launched in April amidst tension in Africa with devastated health system, edging some hope that a cure could be found soon.