Madagascar saw COVID-19 cases rise in July 2020, despite an official campaign to promote its controversial herbal drink touted as a remedy for the virus.
As hospitals raised concern about lack of beds, the Health Minister, Ahmad Ahmad, wrote a letter in July asking international agencies to send medical equipment.
The move was said to have angered President Rajoelina who said the Minister had acted “without consulting” either the government or head of state.
Ahmad’s dismissal was revealed on Thursday, August 20, during the announcement of a new list of ministers following a reshuffle by the President.
“Jean Louis Hanitrala Rakotovao has been named new health minister,” cabinet secretary Valery Ramonjavelo told a press conference, without giving details about the change.
KanyiDaily recalls that earlier this year, Madagascar launched a local herbal cure called ‘Covid-Organics’ or ‘CVO’, claiming it prevent and cure the novel coronavirus.
Madagascar’s President, Andry Rajoelina said the herbal drink is effective against the coronavirus as it strengthens the body’s immune system, adding several people have been cured with the treatment.