Covid-19: ECOWAS denies endorsing Madagascar's tonic for treatment

Covid-19: ECOWAS denies endorsing Madagascar's tonic for treatment

- ECOWAS has denied endorsing Madagascar's tonic for coronavirus

- The association also denied that it ordered the tonic for the treatment of the virus

- Meanwhile, ECOWAS said it can only support and endorse products that have been shown to be effective through scientific study

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has denied endorsing alleged Madagascar's cure for coronavirus.

The tonic which is also called Covid Organics (CVO) was officially launched by Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina.

It is a herbal mixture developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, This Day reports.

Coronavirus: ECOWAS denies endorsing Madagascar tonic for treatment

ECOWAS has denied endorsing Madagascar tonic for coronavirus treatment. Credit: Twitter
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ECOWAS in a statement on Thursday, May 7, said: “Our attention has been drawn to a story making the headlines that claims ECOWAS has ordered a package of Covid Organics (CVO) medicine from a third country.

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“We wish to dissociate ECOWAS and its health institution, West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), from this claim and to inform the general public that we have not ordered the said CVO ," ECOWAS added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the World Health Organization has ruled out the claim by 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.

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.

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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.

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

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