DAKAR, SENEGAL — A Senegalese scientific committee has confirmed the effectiveness of a Madagascar COVID-19 cure introduced last month and gives the green light as to its use in Senegal.
After receiving a sample of the COVID- 19 organics, a Malagasy remedy for the coronavirus, Senegalese scientists said that clinical trials have approved the effectiveness of the remedy.
It was during an interview granted to Professor Daouda Ndiaye by Radio Futurs Medias (RFM) that the Professor Epidemiologist and Head of the Parasitology-Mycology Service of the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar confirmed the effectiveness of the Malagasy remedy.
“We are moving towards the use of artemisia (Covid-19 Organics). On our side on the scientific level, our light is green […].,” he said.
“We are going to organize ourselves to see how we can reproduce the same formula or order the remedy to give it to the Senegalese, ”added Daouda Ndiaye.
South Sudan to import the Madagascar COVID-19 cure
South Sudan said last week that it was planning to import the Madagascar COVID-19 cure.
The country’s taskforce said it recommended to President Salva Kiir to communicate to his Madagascan counterpart President Andry Rajoelina to avail the herbal tonic to South Sudan.
African countries like Tanzania, Congo-Brazzaville, and Guinea-Bissau have started importing the herbal tonic from Madagascar.
The tonic is made from the Artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient that is used in the treatment of malaria.
President Rajoelina has been promoting the herbal tonic, saying it will “change the course of history”.
According to media reports, the Covid-organics will be distributed free of charge to African countries and it will be sold at very low prices to others.
The tonic was developed by a private research institute that has been investing in researching the uses of Madagascar’s traditional medicines.
“The Taskforce commended and appreciated the support offered by the government of Madagascar,” said Dr. Richard Lako the Director-General at the Ministry of Health.
“They recommended to the President to communicate to his counterpart in Madagascar so that they can avail the same support to South Sudan,” Dr. Lako added.
However, the World Health Organization has repeatedly cautioned against self-medication and said in a statement that it did not recommend any scientifically unproved medicines for treating COVID-19.
It said Africans deserve access to medicines that have gone through proper trials even if they are derived from traditional treatments.
The UN health agency says it has already launched a “solidarity” international clinical trial to help find an effective treatment for COVID-19.
South Sudan so far recorded 58 cases, two recoveries, and no deaths.
South Sudan government said on Monday that eighteen more people in the country have tested positive for the coronavirus disease raising the total number of infections to 174.
A total of 175 test results were released on Monday according to the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health.
“This is a new development, a new dimension in the spread of the disease in the country,” Dr. Makur Koriom who is the under secretary in the ministry of health said of the cases at PoC3 in Juba.
“A couple of days ago we reported one case among the PoC dwellers but that was in Bentiu. Now we have seen two cases in Juba.”
South Sudan still has two recoveries and no deaths from the coronavirus disease.
It has is not known how the government will get the Madagascar COVID-19 cure
At least 64 people who traveled from Juba to Yei River County in Central Equatoria State in defiance of the inter-state travel ban have been self-quarantined in their respective homes.
Dr. James Wani, the health ministry’s director general in the defunct Yei River State said last Tuesday that the travelers came from Juba to Yei without undergoing COVID-19 test.
He said the travellers were advised to self-isolate for 14 days.