Hospitals in Madagascar announced they are overwhelmed after a spike in coronavirus cases hit the country.
Though the President of the country had claimed they had herbal remedy – Covid-Organics – for coronavirus.
The president, Andry Rajoelina has been promoting THE herbal drink to treat the virus.
Meanwhile, record of 8,162 have been confirmed with 69 deaths in the country.
Tongues are wagging if the herbal remedy is a ruse as many African countries have ordered the tonic
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no evidence the drink works against Covid-19.
Hospitals in Antananarivo have alerted loudly that they are starting to run out of beds.
Andohotapenaka Hospital director, Nasolotsiry Raveloson said they are now only accepting severe cases followed by directors at two other hospitals who admitted they are overwhelmed and have little resources to cope with.
The country’s minister for health wrote an open letter to aid agencies asking for equipment like testing kits, respirators and protective equipment for health workers.
Reports confirmed that there has been push back from the government’s spokesperson who said it was not the minister’s place to make such a request.
Earlier this month, the President re-imposed a lockdown on the central region until 26 July.
This new lockdown allows only one person per household to go out for food and medicine.
President Rajoelina trended globally for promoting the Covid-Organics
which is produced from the artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment – and other Malagasy plants.
But the World Health Organization (WHO) warned against people using untested remedies like this, saying that Africans deserve access to medicines that have gone through proper trials even if they are derived from traditional treatments.