Final month, Madagascar launched a natural drink, referred to as COVID-Organics, which it claimed can remedy and forestall Coronavirus.
On the launch ceremony, Madagascar’s President, Andry Rajoelina, a former DJ, who in 2009 on the age of 34 turned Africa’s youngest nationwide chief, mentioned that the drink can remedy Coronavirus sufferers in simply 7 days.
Since then, Madagascar’s military has been going door to door throughout the nation to distribute the natural drink.
Madagascar, the nation of 27.6 million, has thus far reported simply 405 COVID-19 circumstances and a couple of deaths whereas 131 individuals have recovered due to the natural drink, as per President Rajoelina.
Many African nations together with Tanzania, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, and Senegal have both imported or expressed intentions to import the natural drink from Madagascar.
President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, personally acquired the cargo of the natural drink from Madagascar.
Belgian agronomist, Pierre Van Damme, is advertising the natural drink in Senegal below the label of Le Lion Vert (The Inexperienced Lion). Shopkeepers in Dakar are constantly working out of inventory in opposition to ever-increasing demand of the natural drink.
Madagascar, one of many world’s poorest international locations, is now planning to export its COVID-19 remedy to Europe, aiming to generate important quantities of income.
European states, however, have expressed apprehensions over the efficacy of the natural drink to remedy and forestall COVID-19 with none scientific trials.
Whereas commenting on the angle of European international locations, President Rajoelina mentioned:
If it was a European nation that had really found this treatment, would there be a lot doubt? I don’t assume so.
What precisely is Madagascar’s natural drink?
Artemisia, a plant with confirmed efficacy in opposition to malaria, is the principle part of the natural drink together with different indigenous components. The plant was first imported in Madagascar within the 1970s from China to deal with malaria.
Since final month, President Rajoelina has been touting Artemisia as the brand new “inexperienced gold” for Madagascar.
Life will change for all Madagascans. Rice fetches Madagascar $350 for each ton whereas Artemisia-based natural drink can herald almost as a lot as $three,000 for each ton.
Is the natural drink secure?
Properly, the World Well being Group (WHO) has suggested individuals in opposition to utilizing untested cures for COVID-19.
An official assertion from the WHO reads:
Africans deserve to make use of medicines examined to the identical requirements as individuals in the remainder of the world. Even when therapies are derived from conventional observe and pure, establishing their efficacy and security by means of rigorous scientific trials is important.
US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) has additionally warned individuals in opposition to utilizing unproven treatments.
There is no such thing as a scientific proof that any of those different treatments can stop or remedy the sickness brought on by COVID-19. Actually, a few of them might not be secure to eat.
In the meantime, the African Union has began discussions with Madagascar to acquire technical knowledge concerning the protection and efficacy of COVID-Organics.