Madagascar’s Minister for Education, Rijasoa Andriamanana planned to order more than $2 million worth of sweet for school children and got fired and his plan called off after objections from Madagascar’s president.
The minister had said pupils would be given three lollipops each to cover the “bitter” aftertaste taking herbal remedy for coronavirus.
President Andry Rajoelina has been aggressively promoting the use of herbal tonic as cure and/or treatment for Covid-19. The remedy is called Covid-Organics.
Reports confirm that the tonic has become popular in Africa and exportation to other African countries from Madagascar has increased.
President Rajoelina says if a European country had manufactured the tonic the West’s reaction would be different
The World Health Organisation (WHO)has continued to warned that no proven cure exists.
The artemisia-based drink still enjoys popularity in Madagascar and other parts of Africa as many people believe the Western world will not approve any good thing that comes from Africa.
President Rajoelina has also dismissed criticism of the tonic, saying it is evidence of the West’s condescending attitude towards Africa.
He argued that there would little or no doubt if it was a European country that discovered this remedy.
Also, Madagascar medical academy said the drug may damage people’s health and discourage its use. The Madagascar National Medical Academy’s warning has not been heeded by many desperate people who need prevention or treatment for the coronavirus.
The Republic of Madagascar previously known as the Malagasy Republic has only 7 deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic and has recorded 201 recoveries out of the 975 people infected as at today (June 6).