Selin ATAY-TDO- Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina announced the opening the Mahamasina treatment center in the capital Antananarivo which can accommodate 250 COVID-19 patients
amid rising infections and hospitals being overwhelmed.
President Rajoelina said a digital platform called CovData would also be used, which includes extensive data about both patients and new treatment center.
"In these difficult times, I call on the nation to show unity and solidarity in the fight against the epidemic,'' Rajoelina said.
Scientists in the country had developed "Covid Organics", a mixture of the artemisia plant and many herbs used to treat malaria, and the president promoted it on Covid-Organics at a live broadcast on April 20th.
The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged that some herbal medicines and traditional medicine relieve the symptoms of Kovid-19, but there was no evidence that these substances prevent or cure the disease. Rajoelina criticised the World Health Organisation for being so sceptical that Covid Organics originated in Africa, not Europe.
However, the government issued a statement last week that it had tested Covid Organics but failed to get a positive result. The number of cases has more than tripled since the beginning of July in Madagascar. The quarantine which was lifted on April 20 in the Analamanga region, which includes the capital Antananarivo, started again due to the rapid increase in the number of cases.