South Africa to collaborate with Madagascar in researching for herbal ‘treatment’ for coronavirus
London, May 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-South Africa is willing to assist and collaborate with Madagascar in the area of scientific research-looking into a herbal remedy to combat COVID-19.
South African Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, confirmed that the Madagascar Health Ministry has opened up discussion with them and that his country was willing to assist
“We actually did get a call from the government of Madagascar. They did ask us that they would like to be assisted in the process of trying to validate and try and help to investigate the scientific basis on which such a drug could be used,” said Mkhize.
This comes after Madagascar said Artemisia annua, also known as sweet wormwood, could possibly be used in the treatment against COVID-19.
“I had a call with the Foreign Affairs of Madagascar and they had been a call from the President and we then said our scientific research institutions will be willing to support an analysis…on that matter, he added.
Madagascar president, Andry Rajoelina said the vaccine trials to commence next week will be produced from artemisia plant which has been the source of his earlier controversial herbal drink-COVID ORGANICS
Aside the proposed new herbal vaccine- the president said he is also pursuing validation from the World Heath Organization (WHO) for the the initial herbal drink.
Already, the African Union (AU) has opened discussion with the Republic of Madagascar, over the herbal remedy
In a statement the AU said its Commissioner for Social Affairs Amira ElFadil convened a meeting with a representative from Madagascar on 30th April on the issue.
The AU says it wants to obtain “technical data regarding the safety and efficiency of a herbal remedy”
According to the African Union, “once furnished with the details” it would through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), “review the scientific data gathered so far on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 Organics.
This review will be based on global technical and ethical norms to garner the necessary scientific evidence regarding the performance of the tonic.”
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) says it welcomes innovations including re-purposing drugs, traditional medicines and developing new therapies in the search for potential treatments for covid-19 virus
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide is over 3.5-million, with over 250,000 deaths and 1.2 million recoveries