A shocking claim made by the Madagascar President is making rounds in the African media and it is calling at the World Health Organization (WHO) for ‘bribing’ the Madagascar President to ‘poison’ their home-grown coronavirus cure called COVID Organics.
The Malagasy President, Andry Rajoelina not too long ago slammed the WHO for not endorsing the herbal coronavirus remedy the country is pushing, claiming that it can cure a coronavirus patient within 10 days.
WHO earlier warned from using the herbal remedy to treat COVID patients without medical supervision. In retaliation to which, Rajoelina called on the global organization accusing it of making racial partialities in terms of recognition.
“The problem is that it comes from Africa,” he said. “And they cannot accept that a country like Madagascar, which is one of the poorest countries in the world, has discovered this formula to save the world,” he told earlier, in an interview with a French media.
According to reports, WHO also called such herbal therapeutic medicines as ‘blind faith,’ to which Rajoelina reaffirmed: “No country or organisation will keep us from going forward.”
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Now the shocking twist comes from local African media reports that say the Malagasy president is claiming that the WHO has bribed him for $20 million to poison their herbal concoction. Local newspaper Tanzania Perspective headlined the claim in its May 14th edition.
According to the claims made by the Madagascar President on the clinical prowess of their COVID Organics, it is that the herbal remedy can down the novel coronavirus infection within 10 days.
The herbal medicine in question uses herb ‘Artemisia’ as the principal ingredient. Artemisia was imported in Africa in the 1970s from China to treat malaria, according to local media reports. Rejolina reportedly bets on this herb for curing COVID-19 s well.
WHO however called for clinical trials for the herbal remedy and recently declared the concoction has ‘no evidence’ for its efficacy, Newscientist reports.
Despite Rajoelina’s allegations on WHO’s disbelief on the medicine is rooted in racial partialities, the WHO states that:
“WHO recognizes that traditional, complementary and alternative medicine has many benefits and Africa has a long history of traditional medicine and practitioners that play an important role in providing care to populations.”
However, the WHO statement goes on saying that the herb “should be tested for efficacy and adverse side effects. Africans deserve to use medicines tested to the same standards as people in the rest of the world.”
Research is reportedly on the way in Europe for the potential herb ‘A. annua’ or Artemisia a potential cure for COVID-19. Initial tests in china have shown promise.
Fear of drug resistance
Experts commenting on this matter says a misinformed and widespread application of the herb Artemisia in the population during a pandemic can potentially make them resistant to it. In the future when the same Artemisia-based drug will be employed to treat malaria, it may not work.
“The flaw in their thinking is that antimalarial activity has anything to do with antiviral activity, which it does not,” Dr. Arthur Grollman told CNN, who is a professor of pharmacological science and experimental medicine at Stony Brook University in New York.
WHO is yet to comment on this allegation.
This is a breaking story and will be updated
(Cover image credits of e-paper/ Tanzania Perspective)