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Analysis: Rumors spreading like wildfire about Madagascar

Thousands of times the news that the President of Madagascar has withdrawn his country from the World Health Organization has spread like wildfire. It is true that the World Health Organization has rejected Malagasy herbal tea as a remedy to curb coronavirus, but the country has never withdrawn itself from the particular organization.

In fact, there is no confirmation that Madagascar has left the UN agency. The World Health Organisation was even contacted on the 26th of May 2020 to confirm the news but it clearly claimed that no such notification was received. Surprisingly, both parties have even consented to work together to study the effects of herbal tea.

Following these false publications, the Malagasy leader would have rejected twenty million dollars in bribes from the UN medical agency or “millions” provided by China and the United States to poison the drink. It was alleged also that Russia would have ordered a million lots. The post below went viral on the 27th May 2020  in the following words:

“The President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina called on all African Nations to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) because of BAD FAITH from Europe to Africa. No one will stop us from going”.

Needless to say, that this post gathered thousands of shares.

What occurred actually was that Mr. Rajoelina released an herbal tea which was intended to cure people of the global pandemic. It was labeled as COVID-organics, comprising of Artemisia – a plant used hugely in Africa and used as a treatment for malaria.

He was not very happy as he received multiplying warnings by the WHO which reiterated that this drink has not been subject of any scientific study, hence proving its efficiency and its harmfulness.

The President assured on the 11th May 2020 to the group France Media World that this “natural remedy, non-toxic and non-invasive” has a role both “preventive and curative against Covid-19”.

WHO Africa added that it “supports” Madagascar and African countries “to produce evidence on the quality and effectiveness of the traditional medicines proposed to treat Covid-19”.

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