The Ministry Of Information on Tuesday 19th May, 2020 had its first #AskTheInfoMinistry forum to answer all questions by the public concerning the Government’s fight against Coronavirus.
After the meeting, a tweet by the Ministry of Information giving an update of the information on Twitter stated, “We have received the Madagascar cure for Covid19 and we are testing it for efficacy“
This raised concerns as to whether the drug had arrived in the country and was undergoing the necessary testing. The Ministry of Information clarified the situation with an update making sure the right information was disseminated.
The Ministry of Information clarified their previous information about Ghana receiving the Madagascar drug, in a twitter post they said, “To clarify, this is exact words of Minister “We are considering it. We have reached out to them. We have asked that it be made available to us & like all drugs, it will be tested by FDA & in this case by Center for Plant Medicine & if proven efficacious, we can recommend it use”
According to VOA news, The controversial plant mixture first came to prominence when Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina announced it had been shown to treat the coronavirus. He said he considered it a “miracle cure.” The herbal medicine has also been used for treatment of malaria.
Despite Madagascar’s exports of the herbal medicine to several countries, doubts remain. Professor Stanley Okolo, the director-general of the West Africa Health Organization, part of the regional Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, sounded a note of caution on VOA’s Daybreak Africa radio program. “We have not seen the evidence of the research,” he said. “I have heard that it has cured two people, and for us in the medical field and in the health profession, we need evidence before we can support a cure.”
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