Madagascar appeals for urgent help over rising Covid-19 cases
London, July 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The health ministry in Madagascar has sent out an urgent request for help to partner agencies and health institutions as Covid-19 cases increase.
“The Ministry of Health indicated that the Covid-19 epidemic has in recent weeks evolved in a very critical fashion in Madagascar with significant outbreaks in some regions, particularly the capital, Antananarivo,” the Actu Orange website reports.
In a letter dated July 20, thought to be independent of government, the health ministry requested the help of Madagascar’s partner agencies in the provision of “sampling kits for diagnosis by PCR or GenExpert in the number 35, 350, 35, 350 analysis kits by PCR, respirators in the number of 337, 1201 oxygen concentrators of 12 litres, various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or drugs for the management of moderate or severe cases”
Le Ministère de la Santé Publique a sollicité l’appui des agences et institutions partenaires de #Madagascar. Dans un communiqué, le Gouvernement souligne que cette démarche a été prise sans concertation avec le Gouvernement.— Orange actu Madagascar (@orangeactu) July 22, 2020
There have been reports that public hospitals in Madagascar are at full capacity and will only admit severe cases of Covid-19.
The island nation currently has about 7,000 Covid-19 cases.
President Andry Rajoelina early this month reimposed a lockdown on the capital following a rise in cases.
In April, he launched a herbal “remedy” for Covid-19 that was widely distributed in the country. Several consignments of Covid-Organics were also sent to dozens of African countries.
However, the efficacy of the herbal tonic has been discredited by health professionals in Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo, after clinical analysis