Finding a cure: Mkhize says SA will research Madagascar’s ‘herbal solution’
Could the cure for this killer illness be sat at our doorstep? Zweli Mkhize has confirmed SA scientists will look into Madagascar's CVO 'remedy'
Although it is yet to gain the approval of the World Health Organisation (WHO), a herbal tea in Madagascar – which has been produced on a mass scale across the country and labelled as ‘a cure’ to fight this disease – is now turning heads in South Africa.
Does the ‘miracle disease cure’ lie just across the ocean?
Health minister Zweli Mkhize revealed through his Twitter account that the CVO product, which consists of several plants exclusive to Madagascar, would be researched further by a team of South African scientists. Despite the scepticism that surrounds herbal remedies, Madagascar’s caseload speaks for itself.
This killer disease has only been reported in 151 people on the island, and according to official figures, more than 100 people have already recovered. Incredibly, there have been no deaths – and the potency of this brew has convinced Mkhize, at the very least, to check this out for the benefit of South Africans:
“On the subject of the so-called Madagascar herbs, we received a call from the government of Madagascar, who asked for help with scientific research. Our scientists would be able to assist with this research. We will only get involved in a scientific analysis of the herb – but we are not at that point yet.”Zweli Mkhize
WHAT IS IN THE MADAGASCAR CVO TEA?
Unarmed Madagascar soldiers went door-to-door in the capital Antananarivo last month, doling out sachets of a local herbal tea touted by President Andry Rajoelina as a powerful remedy against the deadly illness. Orders for the product have been placed in several African countries, and Senegal was the first to enquire.
- The tonic is derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in treating malaria.
- The locally-brewed treatment is made up of several other herbs exclusive to the island.
- It has been developed by the Madagascar Institute of Applied Research (IMRA) but has not been tested internationally – in fact, the Worl Health Organisation (WHO) isn’t entertaining “herbal treatments”.
- The recommended dosage is two cups per day for adults, one cup for children, nothing for pregnant women.
- The product has also been given approval for distribution by the African Union.