More African countries are now rushing in for the much touted herbal drug produced in Madagascar which reportedly cures and treats coronavirus.
Equatorial Guinea was the first country to take delivery of large quantities of the herbal tonic called Covid-Organics.
The drug is produced from the artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment – and other Malagasy plants.
Covid-Organics was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (Imra).
President Andry Rajoelina has been inviting his fellow African leaders to patronize the drug he said has been effective in treating patients.
“Tests have been carried out – two people have now been cured by this treatment,” he said during a launch last month.
“This herbal tea gives results in seven days,” said the 45-year-old president, who also urged people to use it as a preventative measure.
Tanzania has also joined in ordering and President John Magufuli said on TV that “I am communicating with Madagascar, and they have already written a letter saying they have discovered some medicine.”
“We will despatch a flight to bring the medicine so that Tanzanians can also benefit. So as the government we are working day and night,” he said.
Madagascar is also donating the herbal drug to ECOWAS countries as it hopes the continent will unite behind its remedy for the coronavirus.
But the WHO has warned against “self-medication with any medicines… as a prevention or cure for Covid-19”.
As at May 3, 53 African countries had reported of 42,713 covid-19 cases, 1754 deaths, and 14,152 recoveries.
#COVID19 update (3 May 2020, 9.00 am Eastern Africa Time): 53 @_AfricanUnion Member States reporting 42,713 cases, 1754 deaths, and 14,152 recoveries. More information at https://t.co/teDFU1XFLZ#FactsNotFear #AfricaResponds pic.twitter.com/HS5dXQZuqF
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