A lot of questions have been raised against Madagascar’s COVID Organics (CVO), a medicine manufactured to fight Covid-19 (in terms of prevention and cure). It was manufactured by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research in Madagascar. Positive reports have come from Madagascar as a result of the use of the Covid-19 medicine, CVO, and thereby prompting other countries on the continent to order for it. Despite this great news, the World Health Organization (WHO) is not impressed and cautioning it use. Interesting!
Nobody knows where the cure for Covid-19 is going to come from. Every country is trying their best to deal with the novel coronavirus through the expertise at their disposal. WHO’s attempt to throw caution seems to suggest that Africa is not capable of contributing to global science with regard to finding remedies to deal with ailments.
Madagascar is well known for its traditional medicine and the use of the Artemisia plant to produce the COVID Organics did not come as a surprise to the continent. No wonder a couple of countries have shown great interest. What WHO should do is to ask for the technical data regarding the safety and efficiency of the herbal remedy rather than caution. Covid-19 is way ahead of humanity and further delays will only add up to the already devastating results from its infection.
The World Health Organization must show confidence in the African Scientists. They may have issued a statement saying, “Africans deserve to use medicines tested to the same standards as people in the rest of the world,” but warning the use of a certain drug from Africa and most especially, because it is not authorized by them (WHO), depicts double standards.
Africa must be confident! The World Health organization I believe means well, but further delays cannot be tolerated. Madagascans will not wake up one day and claim to have manufactured a Covid-19 medicine without due scientific processes. The continent can only scientifically do what is best for them in dealing with Covid-19. Perhaps, what Africans need is COVID Organics (CVO) and not wait with folded arms like we are perceived to be doing for centuries.