Madagascar’s President, Andry Rajoelina has said commented on the criticisms directed towards his country’s herbal tonic for Covid-19.
He says the critique of an untested herbal tonic that he is touting as a treatment for Covid-19 shows the West’s condescending attitude towards Africa.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against using untested remedies.
Mr Rajoelina’s tonic has not gone through clinical trials.
The African Union has also requested to see the scientific data on the “safety and efficacy” of the product, known as Covid-Organics.
“If it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt? I don’t think so,” Mr Rajoelina said in an interview with French news channel, France 24..
Despite the reservations, several African countries, including Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Liberia, have already ordered Covid-Organics.
Madagascar has reported 193 Covid-19 cases and no deaths.