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Tanzania Joins African Countries Importing Madasgascar's Covid-19 "Cure" Concoction

Updated: Jun 28, 2020

Tanzania is to join an increasing number of African countries that have imported or intend to import a herbal tonic drink claimed by Madagascar to be a prevention and cure for the new coronavirus infection alias covid-19. That was reported by some media on May 4, 2020. According to the reports, the Government of Tanzania announced on May 3, 2020 that it was sending a plane to Madagascar asap to collect a consignment of the herbal tonic covid-19 "cure" concoction.

The Madagascar's herbal tonic drink is Covid-Organics that is artemisia based. Artemisia is a genus entailing hundreds of species of plants often used in traditional medicines in tropical Africa and similar regions. The Madagascar's herbal tonic drink was developed by the country's Malagasy Institute of Applied Research. It was launched on April 22, 2020 as a prevention and cure for covid-19, after it had been tested locally on a sample of people over a duration of 3 weeks. However, it is yet to get a blessing of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Since its inauguration, the herbal tonic covid-19 "cure" drink has been imported by several African countries. Most recent importers are Guinea Bissau and Equatorial Guinea, while some African countries like Congo Brazzaville and now Tanzania have said they intend to import it too.

With only 480 confirmed covid-19 cases and 18 deaths so far, Tanzania has wisely refrained from introducing strict lockdown measures similar to those by countries in the epicenter of the new coronavirus pandemic. Introduction of such measures that would have had, doubtlessly, severe consequences on its rapidly growing economy is definitely unnecessary at the moment given the very small number of covid-19 cases and deaths in the country. Strict lockdown measures could, however, be introduced if the the country's covid-19 cases increase considerably or statistical data about new infections would suggest that.

Currently there are 3 582 464 covid-19 confirmed cases with 248 561 reported deaths worldwide.


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