- Madagascar is using its own medicine to treat the coronavirus
- So far, 92 of Madagascar's 128 coronavirus patients have recovered, leaving 36 active cases and no death
- However, WHO has warned against the widespread use of untested remedies, saying there no proof of a cure for COVID-19
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The world is facing one of the toughest times ever as it continues to battle an invisible enemy, COVID-19. The virus has claimed over 200,000 lives since it first surfaced in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
According to the information on worldometers, over three million people have been infected by the virus as at Thursday, April 30.
Despite the rising deaths in countries across the world, it appears Madagascar is doing something right.
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The country has recorded 128 coronavirus cases, and 92 out of that number have recovered, leaving 36 active cases. Also, no death has been recorded in the country.
Madagascar is said to be using its own medicine to treat the virus. President Andry Rajoelina launched the herbal tea, named COVID-Organics, on Monday, April 20.
President Rajoelina said: “All trials and tests have been conducted and its effectiveness in reducing the elimination of symptoms have been proven for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 in Madagascar.”
The herbal medicine developed by Malagasy Institute of Applied Research and branded COVID-Organics, contains Artemisia- a plant on the Island used in the fight against malaria.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said there is no proof of a cure for Covid-19, warning against the widespread use of untested remedies.
Madagascar's national medical academy (Anamem) has also cast doubt on the efficacy Rajoelina's touted coronavirus remedy, warning that no scientific evidence has been established that it works.
It said it had the potential to damage people's health as its "scientific evidence had not been established".
Meanwhile, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on Wednesday, April 29, assured Nigerians that a traditional vaccine for the coronavirus has gotten to an advanced stage and the public would soon see the result.
The traditional monarch made this known to journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun state, where he had gone to donate two motorized fumigators to the government.
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According to him, he had been working hard with traditional medicine doctors in the country so as to come up with a cure for the deadly disease.
He urged the federal government to emulate Madagascar in how it has been giving attention to the use of local herbs to combat Covid-19, saying the local medicines have great efficacy in healing patients.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported that Ghana had become the first country in the world to boost her fight against the novel coronavirus with the use of drone technology which makes speeds up the testing.
Time.com reports that no other nation in the world has been able to deploy drones to help transport samples for testing, especially from remote areas, as everyone else depends on the use of traditional transportation methods.
According to Keller Rinaudo, the CEO of Zipline, the company that set up the 'matternet' of drones in Ghana, the US is expected to be the next in the use of the drones after Ghana.
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