Andry Rajoelina has said that his scientists will test an injectable version of an herbal tea he claims prevents and cures Covid-19. The medicine was developed by the Madagascar Institute of Applied Research and contains a mix of traditional herbs, including Artemisia, anti-malaria plant.
Madagascar’s National Academy of Medicine pointed out that the remedy was untested and potentially might be dangerous.
“It is a drug whose scientific evidence has not yet been established, and which risks damaging the health of the population, in particular, that of children”.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) also issued a warning in early May, saying that untested traditional products were dangerous and that the cure could give people a dangerous false sense of security.
According to Rajoelina, Madagascar is now finalizing discussions with the WHO for “large-scale” clinical trials of the tea.
The news follows an announcement from the Malagasy that it was sending soldiers and doctors to the country’s second-largest city Toamasina.
Madagascar has officially recorded 586 cases and two deaths of Covid-19. However, the real number of cases could be far higher as according to local media, the country has only conducted about 9,000 tests in two months.