Madagascar Herbal Drink
Madagascar herbal drink: President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the presidential task force on COVID-19 to pick up Covid-Organics, Madagascar’s self-proclaimed, plant-based “remedy” for coronavirus.
Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, broke the news at the daily briefing of the task force, which he heads.
He said Madagascar donated some of the products to Nigeria through Guinea-Bissau and arrangements were being made to pick them up.
Mustapha said the president directed that the products be subjected to validation process after they have been picked up.
African countries like Tanzania, Congo-Brazzaville, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal have started importing a herbal drink from Madagascar being dubbed as the cure for the coronavirus pandemic, even though the World Health Organization has remained firm on its stand that there are no proof of any definite cure yet.
Tanzania on Friday announced that it has received its first shipment of the herbal concoction known as Covid-Organics.
Meanwhile, scientists in Senegal have given green light to the anti-COVID-19 drug due to which it will soon be given to the patients infected by the virus.
President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, has been promoting the herbal tonic and said on national television that it will ”change the course of history.”
“The Covid-Organics will be distributed free of charge to our most vulnerable compatriots and sold at very low prices to others. All profits will be donated to IMRA to finance scientific research,” Rajoelina wrote on Twitter.
The tonic is produced from the artemisia plant, which is one of the sources of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment.
Artemisia is cultivated in Cameroon, Kenya,Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, all in high-altitude regions and regions with a pronounced cool period.
The launch of Covid-Organics (CVO) in Madagascar has raised many questions. But for Marcel Razanamparany, president of the Academy of Medicine, this initiative highlights the work of IMRA researchers, who conducted the clinical study. And whose founder, Albert Rakoto Ratsimamanga, has always advocated the connection between modern and traditional medicine.
In the race against time to find a cure for COVID-19, Madagascar began very early on a dual therapy protocol based on chloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, in association with treatments derived from traditional knowledge that emphasises the use of medicinal plants.
With Madagascar’s rich biodiversity and the central role of its traditional practitioners, the decision was made to promote traditional medicine.
Recall ECOWAS had earlier dismissed reports that its health institution, West Africa Health Organisation had ordered medicine developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, Madagascar, for COVID-19 treatment.
The regional body said it was aware of the several claims of the herbal drink being responsible for COVID-19 in different parts of the world but the body also added that it could only endorse products that have been shown to be effective through scientific study
Under presidential demands, and faced with the promises of chloroquine and the use of artemisia in China against the coronavirus, the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA) and the National Pharmacology Research Centre joined forces to conduct studies and set up a research protocol on this plant already known for its virtues against malaria.
This led to the development of Covid-Organics, an improved traditional remedy made up of artemisia and other endemic medicinal plants, such as ravintsara.
Abundant on Malagasy soil, the artemisia annua has already been the subject of more than twenty studies in Madagascar where it was introduced in 1975 by Professor Albert Rakoto Ratsimamanga to fight against malaria.
Its medicinal form is already marketed in pharmacies.
The research protocol enabled the IMRA team, which has been working on this plant for a long time, to verify its good results in reducing and eliminating coronavirus symptoms.
This is yet another discovery for this research centre, which has some fifty remedies to its credit, developed by combining traditional and modern medicine, including the antidiabetic drug Madeglucyl and the cough supressant Madetoxin.