UPDATE: WHO dismisses Madagascar's herbal cure for Covid-19

UPDATE: WHO dismisses Madagascar's herbal cure for Covid-19

- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Madagascar's widely claimed herbal cure is not a vaccine for coronavirus

- This dismissal came several days after Madagascar's president, Andry Rajoelina rejoiced in the power of the tonic to treat Covid-19 patients

- Countries like Tanzania and Guinea-Bissau have already made plans to import the supposed cure to their countries

The World Health Organization has ruled out the claim by Madagascar president, Andry Rajoelina's, that a herbal tonic produced in the country can cure coronavirus patients.

It should be noted that following the president's assertion, African countries such as Tanzania and Guinea-Bissau have made plans to import the said 'cure', which according to Aljeezera contains the artemisia plant, commonly used to treat malaria.

The dismissal is coming days after several media had reported that Madagascar is curing Covid-19 cases with the herbal tonic and is the reason the country has had a 92% recovery rate out of its 128 cases.

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The country has recorded 128 coronavirus cases, and 92 out of that number have recovered, leaving 36 active cases. Also, no death has been recorded in the country.

Madagascar is said to be using its own medicine to treat the virus. President Rajoelina launched the herbal tea, named COVID-Organics, on Monday, April 20.

President Rajoelina earlier said: “All trials and tests have been conducted and its effectiveness in reducing the elimination of symptoms have been proven for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 in Madagascar.”

Madagascar's national medical academy (Anamem) has also cast doubt on the efficacy Rajoelina's touted coronavirus remedy, warning that no scientific evidence has been established that it works.

It said it had the potential to damage people's health as its "scientific evidence had not been established".

Meanwhile, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on Wednesday, April 29, assured Nigerians that a traditional vaccine for the coronavirus has gotten to an advanced stage and the public would soon see the result.

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The traditional monarch made this known to journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun state, where he had gone to donate two motorized fumigators to the government.

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According to him, he had been working hard with traditional medicine doctors in the country so as to come up with a cure for the deadly disease.

He urged the federal government to emulate Madagascar in how it has been giving attention to the use of local herbs to combat Covid-19, saying the local medicines have great efficacy in healing patients.

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