Many African countries are attracted by the herbal drink made in Madagascar that is claimed to 'cure' COVID-19. It is interesting when we read that 'It was launched after being tested on fewer than 20 people'.
We hope that emotions, desire to appear nationalistic, pandering to multifactorial and multidimensional pressures does not lead countries anywhere including Africa to skipping centuries old scientific scrutiny of new drugs / re-purposing. The reason is simple, fake, ineffective drugs cost lives and livelihoods!!
Read on about the Madagascar drink as we wait for results of robust trials on it:
 Coronavirus: Tanzanian president promises to import Madagascar's 'cure'
4 May 2020
Tanzania to import coronavirus 'herbal cure'
There is no scientific proof the Madagascan-made tonic is effective in treating the virus.
The President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, is sending a plane to Madagascar to fetch a herbal tonic touted as a cure for Covid-19 even as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned there was no proof of any cure.
Congo-Brazzaville's president has also promised to import the drink.
It is produced from the artemisia plant - the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment.
The WHO also advised people against self-medicating.
Coronavirus: Caution urged over Madagascar's 'herbal cure'
 Caution urged over Madagascar coroavirus 'cure'
The WHO says there is no proof after the country's president claims a herbal tonic has cured people.
HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.
Email: jneana AT yahoo.co.uk