OYOGist.com has learned that the national COVID-19 taskforce on Sunday has announced that Madagascar has registered its first coronavirus death after two months its index case.
Hanta Vololontiana who is the taskforce spokeswoman was quoted by Reuters to have said in a televised statement that the man had died on Saturday night.
Hanta Vololontiana had said: “A man died from COVID-19 in Madagascar … he is 57 years old and a member of the medical staff”. The 57-year-old medical worker who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure was the first casualty of the island on the east coast of Africa.
Andry Rajoelinan who is Malagasy President had been in the news since April when his country produced an indigenous herbal remedy that was named Covid-Organics.
The president had said that the beverage which was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research could cure COVID-19. Covid-Organic was produced from artemisia, a plant with proven antidote against malaria.
President Rajoelina said in April that: “All trials and tests have been conducted and its effectiveness in reducing the elimination of symptoms have been proven for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 in Madagascar.”
This has made countries like Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, Liberia, and Guinea-Bissau, have since either placed orders for, or have received consignments of, the medication.
For a country has successfully managed COVID-19 for two months without recording any death, simply mean that the beverage is effective.