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WHO cautions on Madagascar’s COVID-19 ‘herbal cure’



AS the world continues to grapple with the devastations caused by the novel coronavirus and the heightened race to find a vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged caution in consuming Madagascar’s herbal cure for the contagion.

  The herbal remedy called COVID-Organics and developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA), contains Artemisia, a plant used to treat malaria. It is said to give results in seven days and was launched after being tested on 20 people over a period of three weeks.

  The WHO said there is no proof of a cure for Covid-19 after Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina launched the herbal cure. It said it had the potential to damage people’s health as its scientific evidence had not been established. The plant-based tonic is to be given free of charge to the most vulnerable.

  In response to the launch of Covid-Organics, the WHO said it didn’t not recommend “self-medication with any medicines… as a prevention or cure for Covid-19”.

  It reiterated earlier comments by WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that there were “no short-cuts” to finding effective mediation to fight coronarvirus. International trials were under way to find an effective treatment, the WHO added.

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