- Madagascar on Saturday, May 16, recorded its first coronavirus death
- The deceased patient was a 57-year-old medical worker
- The sad news was announced by Hanta Danielle Vololontiana, the spokesman of the COVID-19 task force of the African nation
Some weeks after developing a herbal mixture claimed to be capable of dealing with the coronavirus, Madagascar, on Saturday, May 16, recorded its first death from the disease.
According to Reuters, the deceased person is a 57-year-old medical worker who was also battling with diabetes and high blood pressure as underlying health issues.
This was confirmed by the spokesman of the COVID-19 task force in the country, Hanta Danielle Vololontiana.
Volontiana said: “A man died from COVID-19 in Madagascar ... he is 57 years old and a member of the medical staff.”
The presidency confirmed this on Saturday, May 16 in a tweet by a special assistant to the Nigerian president on social media, Bashir Ahmad.
According to Ahmad, President Buhari will not allow anything that will hurt Nigerians as a result, he would suggest the drug to proper scientific tests before approving its use.
The same, the Nigerian leader said, goes for every other drug whether herbal or orthodox. According to Ahmad, President Buhari said the necessary institutions must carry out their various tests on the drug.
Another presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, explained that the drug was delivered to President Buhari by his Guinea Bissau counterpart during a state visit on Saturday.
In Another post, Legit.ng reported that the federal government, on Thursday, May 14, said the Madagascan COVID-19 herbal medicine was not on its priority list.
The government also said Nigeria never at any time asked Madagascar to supply its Covid-19 herbal medicine.
The chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who made the statement during a briefing in Abuja, noted that it was the East African country that donated the herbal medicine to Nigeria on its own accord.
According to Mustapha, Nigeria agreed to take delivery of its share because it did not want to reject a favour by a fellow African country.
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