African leaders want Madagascar COVID-19 cure to be distributed on the Continent
The Republic of Congo will take delivery of a Malagasy ‘cure’ for the virus, COVID-Organics, information minister Thierry Moungalla confirmed on Twitter.
According to him, the decision to turn to the Malagasy mixture was reached after a three-way teleconference between presidents of the two countries as well as the President of Guinea-Bissau.
COVID-Organics although not scientifically proven as a preventive or curative mixture for the virus is gaining ground on the continent as presidents congratulate their Malagasy counterpart, Andry Rajoelina, for the initiative.
Equatorial Guinea this week sent a special flight to take delivery of tonnes of the cure. It is yet to be ascertained whether Congo like Equatorial Guinea will be receiving the consignment as a donation by the Malagasy government.
And in Tanzania President John Magufuli said on Sunday that he had been in talks with the Madagascan government for them to avail their COVID-19 medicine to Tanzania.
Tanzania is joining several other African countries to seek help from Madagascar to cure COVID-19.
The World Health Organization confirms that treatment trials are underway across five African countries but did not mention the now ‘controversial’ Malagasy ‘cure.’
On Monday, President Andry Rajoelina presented a herbal remedy that he said showed encouraging results in fighting off the coronavirus. The president posted photos from the presentation and images of what he calls “Covid Organics” medicine on his Facebook page.
He also lifted the lockdown in three main cities in the country, adding that a Malgache “remedy” for the disease had been successfully tested. The medicine, Rajoelina says, is based on the studies of the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research and will now be distributed across Madagascar free of charge. So, what is this medicine about? What is it made from? And how effective can it be in the fight against Coronavirus?
First, we know, according to the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, that the principal ingredient in the concoction is derived from Artemisia annua, a green leafy plant that emits a striking smell that is also known as sweet wormwood.
Now, it is important to note that no drug or herbal medicine has been certified as a cure for the COVID-19 and in fact, the World Health Organization has said that favorite medicinal foods, like lemon, honey, and ginger, are only good for general health but have no proven ability to cure the new coronavirus disease. But then, at a time when the world is in search of a remedy and vaccine for the novel virus, many studies and claims are being evaluated.