South Africans that SABC News spoke to, believe Madagascar’s claim that they discovered a cure for COVID-19 should not be belittled and that African remedies should be given a chance.
Producers and consumers of traditional medicine say the relevance of indigenous medicines should not be downplayed in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
The Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) and the World Health Organisation Africa Region (WHO-AFRO) says people should allow for the Madagascan potion believed to cure COVID-19, to be put through scientific clinical trials.
Chairperson of the Government Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim says there is too little information to determine whether Madagascar has indeed discovered a cure for COVID-19.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday that medicinal plants such as Artemisia annua, touted as possible treatments for COVID-19, should be tested for efficacy and side effects.