Madagascar sacks health minister amidst COVID-19 pandemic
WHILE the world still battles the COVID-19 pandemic, Madagascar, an island country in the Indian Ocean has sacked Ahmad Ahmad, its health minister.
Madagascar has recorded over 14,000 cases of COVID-19, with not less than 173 deaths.
Ahmad removal was announced when a new list was released by Valery Ramonjavelo, the cabinet secretary.
“Jean Louis Hanitrala Rakotovao has been named new health minister,” Ramonjavelo told a press conference, without revealing details about the change.
Back in May, Andry Rajoelina, President of Madagascar, had announced the launch of a herbal remedy for the treatment of COVID-19 disease, produced by the country’s Institute of Applied Research in partnership with a Congolese Doctor, Dr. Jerome Munyagi.
The mixture called the Tambavy Covid-Organics and made from artemisia annua – a plant with proven efficacy in treating malaria – as well as other indigenous herbs.
However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised against the use of medicinal plants such as Artemisia annua to cure COVID-19.
In July, public hospitals in Madagascar reached maximum capacity and as the country experienced overwhelming surge in the cases of COVID-19 infection.
This prompted the ousted health minister to Ahmad to seek assistance for medical equipments.
His concerns were un-welcomed by the president’s administration, leading to his removal.