JOHANNESBURG – South Africa is willing to help with scientific research in Madagascar looking for a herbal remedy to fight COVID-19.
The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, confirmed that the Ministry of Health of Madagascar was in contact with SA.
“In fact, we got a call from the government of Madagascar. They asked us that they would like to be helped in the process of trying to validate and to try to help investigate the scientific basis on which such a drug could be used, ”said Mkhize.
“I had a call with Madagascar’s Foreign Affairs and it was a call from the president and then we said that our scientific research institutions would be willing to support an analysis … on this issue, a- he added.
It comes after Madagascar said Artemisia annua, also known as sweet wormwood, could potentially be used in the treatment for COVID-19.
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Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) says herbal remedies touted as possible treatments for COVID-19 should be tested for their effectiveness and side effects.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide exceeds 3.5 million, with more than 250,000 deaths.
The number of recoveries is 1.2 million.