COVID-19: ECOWAS denies approving herbal drug for cure

The ECOWAS Commission has dismissed reports that its health institution, West Africa Health Organisation had endorsed medicine developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, Madagascar, for COVID-19 treatment.

The body said it was aware that several claims of COVID-19 cures had been made in different parts of the world but added that it could approve products that have been shown to be effective through scientific study.

Madagascar had touted organics as a cure for the coronavirus disease with President Andry Rajolina celebrating the herbal medicine which contains artemisa at an African Union gathering.

But the ECOWAS Commission in a statement in Abuja on Thursday said WAHO is collaborating with relevant partners including the World Health Organisation, Africa Centres for Disease Control as well as national, regional, and international research consortia to promote the scientific search for a cure.

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