Int’l rush for Madagascar’s COVID-19 herbal brew

Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina drinks a sample of the "Covid Organics" or CVO remedy at a launch ceremony in Antananarivo on April 20, 2020. "Covid Organics" or CVO is a remedy produced by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA) created from the Artemisia plant and supposedly help to prevent any infection caused by the new coronavirus Covid-19. (Photo by RIJASOLO / AFP)

DAYS after the US President Donald Trump suggested using disinfectant to combat the COVID-19 pandemic; Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has recommended an organic concoction to cure the infected patients.

  His claim that the concoction named Covid Organics (CVO) – a form of herbal tea – is curing COVID-19 patients has divided public opinion in the island nation, some 400 kilometers (248 miles) off the coast of East Africa.

  Taking to Twitter, Rajoelina asked people to believe in the country’s ability.

  According to him, all profits accrued through the sale of concoction will be diverted to the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (MIAR).

  “All trials and tests have been conducted and its effectiveness has been provided in reducing and elimination of symptoms from COVID-19 patients in Madagascar,” the president said.

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  According to information from the Presidency of the Republic of Madagascar, three African countries Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Guinea Bissau, have enquired details about the CVO and placed orders.

  Senegal President Macky Sall has ordered the remedy after contacting his Madagascar counterpart, according to Senegalese local media.

  But World Health Organisation (WHO) in a statement has warned against any self-medication and said that it has not recommended any medicine as a cure for the COVID-19.

  Yet, notwithstanding the warning, many Malagasies are flocking to the free distribution points while others are still expressing skepticism. President has directed that drink will be distributed free of charge to the most vulnerable and sold at very low prices to others.

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  According to Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 33.566 coronavirus cases, 1.469 deaths, and 10,152 recoveries recorded in 52 out of 54 African countries.

  Meanwhile, Nigeria may have recorded a major breakthrough to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Scientists in Faculty of Science, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, today say they have developed a herbal mixture that has the potential to be active against COVID-19”.

  A release signed by the Dean of Faculty of Science Federal University Oye Ekiti, Prof. Olayide Lawal, the lead researcher of the Anti-COVID-19 herbal drug team is Dr. Lawrence Okoro of Department of Microbiology who is a consultant to World Health Organisation (WHO).

  “The mixture had been tested against several viruses before the outbreak of COVID-19 and had shown to be effective against some Adenoviruses, Rhino viruses, influenza and other respiratory viruses as well as effective against tumors. This product of rigorous research output has been submitted to Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development.

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Federal University Oye Ekiti has demonstrated tenacious commitments towards the advancement of research, most especially in areas of Science and Technology. The university is known for providing the right ambience for scientists to come up with result-oriented findings.

The Dean of Science posited that the Federal Government should look inward for solution to the virulent and ravaging COVID-19. He further stated that Nigeria can take a cue from Madagascar that is using locally developed mixture to treat Covid-19 that is yielding good result,” Prof. Lawal assured.


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