WHO approves Madagascar’s COV-Organics—Dr Ghebreyesus reveals
The President of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has finally accepted to initiate clinical process to establish the effectiveness of the COVID-19 herbal cure from Madagascar.
This would enable countries to use the herbal medicine to treat patients suffering from the deadly respiratory ailment once its effectiveness and efficacy is established during the clinical research.
Dr Ghebreyesus made this known in a post on his Twitter handle to update the world about the work that WHO was doing to support countries and effort in place to help combat the virus.
He stated that his outfit had beefed up plans to support Madagascar in the fight against the pandemic.
Dr Ghebreyesus posited that due to the nature of the virus collective efforts was paramount in helping to find a cure for COVID-19.
“We discussed how to work together on therapeutics research and development. And we agreed that solidarity is key to fighting the pandemic and keeping the world safe,” he added.
Dr Ghebreyesus however lauded the President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina for his timely and efficient response to combat the virus from his country.
He indicated that his efforts triggered the WHO to fully approve to research about the standards of the herbal remedy.
“Good call with His Excellency Rajoelina, President of Madagascar, about the COVID19 situation in his country,” Dr Ghabreyesus said.
It came as a surprise following the teleconference of President Rajoelina and was quick to post in response to the WHO’s approval.
He said he would sign a confidentiality clause with the WHO on the manufacture of COVID-19 Organics (COV-Organics), the potential cure for the novel coronavirus.
It could be recalled that after the President of Madagascar unveiled the potential cure,WHO rejected and claimed that there was no scientific evidence to confirm the effectiveness of COV-Organics therefore they would not recommend it for any country.
However, a lot of African countries including Ghana, Nigeria among others have already requested for the potential remedy.
The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stated that government had already requested for the COV-Organics, stressing that the country would run test before using it on patients.
“Like all drugs, it will be tested by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Center for Scientific into Plant Medicine. When it is proven efficacious, we can recommend its use,” he said.
The African Union (AU) earlier disclosed that discussions were ongoing with the Republic of Madagascar to obtain technical data regarding the safety and efficiency of its announced herb for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
“Once furnished with the details, the Union, through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), will review the scientific data gathered so far on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 Organics. This review will be based on global technical and ethical norms to garner the necessary scientific evidence regarding the performance of the tonic,” a statement from the AU said.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE