The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Madagascar to scientifically test a herbal remedy, which President Andry Rajoelina claims can cure the coronavirus.
WHO Africa director Matshidiso Moeti made the call on Thursday.
“We have offered to support the design of a study to look into this product,” Moeti said.
Moeti said that officials of the global body had met with the president and health minister to discuss under which conditions such a study could take place to determine the efficacy of the product.
“We are not discouraging the product but we would like for it to be tried out. So when we are (making it broadly available), it’s based on some evidence,” the director said.
The herbal remedy, called “COVID Organics” and prepared by the Malagasy Institute for Applied Research, is made out of artemisia, a plant cultivated on the Indian Ocean island.
Despite a lack of scientific evidence, Rajoelina touted that the remedy has already cured some Madagascans of…
Source: Leadership Newspaper