Madagascar has been in the news couple of weeks now for touting a herbal medicine product it says can cure the novel COVID-19.
So far, most African countries like Guinea-Bissau, Congo, and Tanzania have all taken delivery of the product.
But Ghana will not accept or try this medicine.
Ghana’s Food and Drug Authority (FDA) has hinted that it will not allow the use of Madagascar’s purported COVID-19 remedy in the country because it hasn’t been scientifically proven by any medical experts.
Chief Executive Officer of FDA, Mimi Delese Darko, says that Ghana needs more evidence from medical experts before accepting the product as COVID-19 cure.
“…Yes, we’ve read about it but what we also look out for is evidence so you cannot just put a drug or a herbal product on the market without evidence and say it treats a disease. So far as we’ve seen, it was tested in about 20 people over 3 weeks and come out with the claim of cure. There is no published study and what we would say is that we will need more evidence,” said Mimi delese Darko
However, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, has said that Ghana is ready to make an assessment on ‘COVID-Organics’- the purported COVID-19 cure from Madagascar.
Madagascar President, Andry Rajoelina has been promoting the plant-based tonic, COVID-Organics as South Africa promise to assist them in a scientific analysis.