Dar es Salaam – Tanzania has today become the seventh country to receive a shipment of a herbal tea that President Andry Rajoelina has touted as a powerful remedy against the novel coronavirus.
A plane carrying the ‘miracle’ cure landed in Dar es Salaam on the afternoon of Friday, May 8, as the East African nation continues to struggle with soaring COVID-19 cases.
This news was confirmed via twitter by the Tanzanian government spokesperson Hassan Abbasi. His tweet comes a day after President John Pombe Magufuli sent a delegation led by Foreign Affairs minister Palamagamba Kabudi to Madagascar to fetch the consignment.
“Today, Tanzania has received a donation of drugs which can be used to contain coronavirus from Madagascar,” Abbasi tweeted.
Baptised Covid-Organics, the drink is derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment — and other indigenous herbs.
The World Health Organization has said that the herbal tea’s effects had not been tested, and there are no published scientific studies of the potion. However, on Thursday May 7, the World Health Organisation_WHO called for clinical trials of the Madagscan herbal drink.
In a related development, Tanzania’s health minister Ummy Mwalimu has today said that release of Covid-19 updates will resume after completion of rehabilitation work at the National Health Laboratory.
“It has been 7 days since we last released updates on the Covid-19 –because we are working on improvements at the National Labaratory and this process is set to be completed in afew days,” Mwalimu said.
The last time the ministry released any such updates, Tanzania’s cases of Covid-19 infections stood at 480. Out of this number, 167 had been discharged after they recovered while 16 had succumbed to the virus.