Madagascar is now in the mid of a serious public health crisis as Covid-19 which started late in the country has now ravaged the population leaving the country’s weak health care system in a sorry state. Madagascar’s herbal drug ‘COVID Organics (COV),’ which the country’s leaders said cures and prevent coronavirus has reportedly failed to halt Covid-19 spike with hospitals are now struggling to cope with a surge of Coronavirus cases.
According to BBC, cases have quadrupled in the past month in the Indian Ocean island, with more than 13,000 infections and 162 deaths from Coronavirus.
In April, Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina officially launched a local herbal remedy which he claims can prevent and cure the novel coronavirus.
“Tests have been carried out, two people have now been cured by this treatment,” Rajoelina told ministers, diplomats and journalists at the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA), which developed the beverage.
“This herbal tea gives results in seven days,” he said.
Despite the spike, President Andry Rajoelina is still promoting the concoction as a cure for Covid-19 despite the World Health Organization (WHO) warning against using untested remedies.
A consignment of the Covid Organics was delivered to President Buhari in Abuja with an invoice of N78.2 Million in May, 2020. The controversial drug was subjected to laboratory verification by the Federal Ministry of Health and declared not responsive for the treatment of Covid-19.
For the last four months, children are also being offered the ‘COVID Organics (COV)’ at school to boost their health.