Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has blasted the World Health Organization (WHO) for being skeptical about the efficacy of the country’s Covid-Organics drink against COVID-19.
Rajoelina has put his reputation and credibility on the line touting the medicine as a cure.
“What if this remedy had been discovered by a European country, instead of Madagascar? Would people doubt it so much? I don’t think so,” Rajoelina told FRANCE 24 and RFI .
The drink is derived from artemisia – a plant with proven anti-malarial properties – and other indigenous herbs.
“What is the problem with Covid-Organics, really?
“Could it be that this product comes from Africa?
“Could it be that it’s not OK for a country like Madagascar, which is the 63rd poorest country in the world… to have come up with (this formula) that can help save the world?” asked Rajoelina, who claims the infusion cures patients within ten days.
Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Niger and Tanzania have already taken delivery of consignments of Covid-Organics, which was launched last month.
“No one will stop us from moving forward – not a country, not an organisation,” Rajoelina said in response to the WHO’s concerns.
He said the proof of the tonic’s efficacy was in the “healing” of “our patients”, calling it a “preventive and curative remedy”.
Rajoelina said Madagascar has reported 171 coronavirus infections and 105 recoveries to date, with no deaths.
“The patients who have healed have taken no other product than Covid-Organics,” the president added.
Reminding viewers that Madagascar has a long history of traditional medicine, Rajoelina pointed out that many pharmaceutical drugs authorised in the West have turned out to be harmful, such as the Mediator weight loss drug in France.