Well, this is apparently happening, as of today. There been released a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs directed to the World Health Organization offices in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). Where one of the experts came from, this being Dr. Walter Kazindi Mulumbo.
The are three more experts and doctors who was banished or “person non grata” from its territory. These are Dr. Daniel Tarzy, Dr. Ruhana Mirindi Bisimbwa, and Dr. Jean Pierre Mulunda Nkata. All of these is stated to be from the Democratic Republic of Congo or part of the United Nations Mission in Congo (MONUSCO). However, I don’t have that verified. What matters is that these doctors and experts has to flee the Republic and in haste. They are not welcomed, even if they are coming there to give advice and help the authorities to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic.
What is clearly stated by the letter is that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says their final day in the Republic is 15th May 2020. They received the letter on the 12rth May 2020. The International Airport in Bujumbura is temporary closed for international flights because of COVID-19. The reason why the team came in the first place.
Therefore, this is very peculiar, but not shocking. In a state where civil society has been battled, where political affiliation is life or death. In a state where the ruling regime rules with an iron fist. In this reality, the eviction of a few people doesn’t hurt much. Even in the midst of a pandemic. Where the Republic releases very little information nor does anything really about it. They are in campaign mode and into getting the successor on the throne at any cost.
That CNDD-FDD and Nkurunziza would do this isn’t shocking. It shouldn’t be. This is the Modus Operandi. This is what they do. They just do it sort of diplomatically and gives you a proper send-off. Take a hike Mike and find a bike or something to cross into Rwanda, Democratic Republic or something. Hitch-hike from Bujumbura to the borders and hope your lucky to pass across.
That is how it seems. Because, it is not like the state has a lockdown, has curfew or social distancing. They are parading in the streets and holding rallies. They are going from town to town paint it ready for the polls on the 20th May 2020.
That is why the state doesn’t need a WHO Report on their indifference to COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. They don’t need foreigners to questions their actions, their inactions or anything. They just need to move. That is the initial message. This is the same republic that has stopped Election Observers in the same time-frame and made it impossible have foreign observer teams to oversee the polls. Therefore, sending these home fits like a glove.
Burundi wants to be a pariah-a state, it is like its a prize and that they long to have the title. Be the Grand Dictatorship of East Africa. Be the beacon of totalitarian efforts and wants to be in the same league as North Korea. That is the dream, that’s why it wants to make things bloody and ensure total destruction of oversight. Nobody is supposed to see anything anyway. Except if your high ranking official in the CNDD-FDD, than your authorized to do everything in your power.
Well, so a WHO TEAM became “Person Non Grata” in the midst of the Global Pandemic. We know we live in a stupid timeline. When this is a thing, but so is our leaders too. Since, they lack common sense to implement proper conditions to stop the spread. Instead, they play ignorant, hoping it will just go away. Peace.
“If it wasn’t Madagascar, and if it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt? I don’t think so, African scientists… should not be underestimated. I think the problem is that (the drink) comes from Africa and they can’t admit… that a country like Madagascar… has come up with this formula to save the world” – President Andry Rajoelina (In an interview to French Media on the 11th of May.2020).
As I ended the last piece of this, the President of Madagascar got a bridge to sell. This is apparently his pride and joy. Maybe, the saving grace of this term in office. I don’t know, but what I do know. Is that the CVO – Tambvy or COVID-19 Herbal Tea made with stevia and artemesia annua hasn’t been clinically tested, neither proven its benefits in concern to the COVID-19 or Coronavirus.
Not that plants or algae and other medicinal plants isn’t used in modern industry. Most of them are extracted from plants, formulated and tested before unleashed on the market. To ensure the safety, the amount of extracts and compounds within the plant before creating a medicine out of it.
This not me saying it, its The National Academy of Medicine of Madagascar (ANAMEM), who in the end of April 2020 stated this: “ it is a medicine for which the scientific evidence has not yet been established”. So with that in mind combined with the knowledge of where the scientific testing of annua and stevia been tested. It is clear the President is selling a dream.
If the CVO – Tambvy was clinically, scientifically tested and proven, where all factors was checked and had results. I would have no trouble to celebrate and be happy we had a fix. We had a remedy and a saving grace in the time of need. However, when you put something to market, selling it on the ideal of Pan-Africanism and using colonial stereotypes. When your addressing the likes of me. I don’t care where a remedy, medicine or the origin of it. As long as it heals and its done properly. That is all I am asking for, that the ones who has this as a field and expertise can look into the herbal mixture and deem if it as fit. See if it generate the results and has an effect. Not only pushed out on the market on a whim.
Because, pushing this sort of thing without it. Is just snake-oil salesmen tactic. This is the sort of selling a dream, which could easily turn into nightmare. When people are drinking it and it doesn’t help. What will the President and the Producers say? That is the risk of doing this.
I wish and hope we find a cure. That there are a proved and tested vaccine, cure or remedy against COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. However, selling this now and using this rhetoric only proves how unproven it is. Instead of doing the tests, showing the results and then offering to the market. Instead, the ANAMEM are asking for evidence. That should be a sign on the sky. This is not said by Europeans, but the scientific community of Madagascar.
So, my take is, I take a remedy from wherever, made with whatever, as long as it heals and has proven results. We don’t need to take chances and risk lives, selling the placebo effect and hoping someone has the daft luck of getting saved. The President should consider this, but he got a bridge to sell. Peace.
There is now two weeks or so, maybe even three since the headlines and the breaking news of a miracle cure from Madagascar. Proudly presented by the President of Republic. However, as time has moved on and the Republic is now selling it abroad too. It is time to look into it.
I don’t think any product, any sort of edible or drinkable product should be sold without being verified. Especially, when they say that it has the ability to beat COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. That is why I am looking into it. I wish and hope we can find a cure, but to state that without any significant study or research is a bit hesitant and make you wonder, if the President of Madagascar is a snake-oil salesmen. If the former DJ and Mayor, Adry Rajolina is out of water.
The COVID – Organics, the CVO – Tambvy has two main components. These are Artemesia Annua and Stevia. In a 1l bottle it has 5 gram of Artemesia and 2,5 grams of Stevia rebaudiana. There been several of studies of Artemesia Annua toward Bilharzia and Malaria. Therefore, it has medicinal effects, but as tea there been some mixed messages or conclusions.
In 2006: “As the above statements make clear, further research is needed on Artemisia annua teas, to try to improve on the results obtained thus far. Important questions to address include: can the efficacy of A. annua tea be increased so that it becomes an acceptable complement to ACTs? How can we ensure that patients receive an adequate dose? Can A. annua tea be safely used without accelerating the appearance of resistant strains of Plasmodium? It is not possible to answer these questions with a single experiment on a single preparation of A. annua tea” (African Traditional Herbal Medicine Supporters Initiative, 2007).
Annua study in 2011 in Uganda concludes like this: “A. annua has great potential for use in mass prevention of malaria in resource limited settings such as Uganda. The malaria and fever prophylactic effects are possibly due to A. annua flavonoids other than artemisinin A.annua variety or product thereof rich in flavonoids but devoid of artemisinin should be developed and tried for mass prevention of malaria as a beverage or food supplement taken regularly” Ogwang et. al., 2011).
Another study from 2014: “Artemisinin, extracted from the plant Artemisia annua (A. annua) L., and artemisinin derivatives are the current best antimalarial therapeutics and are delivered as artemisinin combination therapy (ACT). Availability and cost are problematic for the developing world where malaria is endemic. Oral consumption of A. annua dried leaves is more effective than the pure drug. A tea infusion of the leaves has prophylactic effects. Cost of producing and delivering the tea and A. annua dried leaf tablets is much more affordable than ACT” (Weathers et. Al, 2014).
So, this proves the annua has effects as a tea, but that’s for malaria. However, all studies I have seen says it has to be certain factors and amounts to secure it. Therefore, it is not easy to see how this will fit another disease. Another study from 2018 that annua and another kind of Artemesia can have effect also against bilharzia. This proves, the medical usage of annua towards other diseases. However, this haven’t been done in consideration with COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. Just like hydroxychloroquine, which was said to work against it too. Now, that has been dismissed in scientific studies. This is why, the ones proclaiming the effects before saying Artemisia Annua tea is a remedy.
While Stevia has this effect: “They found the consumption of Stevia extract reduces the levels of cholesterol, triglyceride and low-density lipoproteincholesterol significantly while an increase in high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol was noted, which is desirable. They concluded that Stevia extract had a hypolipidaemic effect used to reduce the resistance of cardiovascular disease” (S.K. Goyal, 2010).
We can see there is many significant attributes to the Stevia plant. However, there is nothing in that specifically points towards the COVID-19. That is why it’s hard to say anything.
This is why its bugging for me, that the President of Madagascar has such bold claims. Yes, both plants has medical benefits. However, none is scientifically proven in combat towards COVID-19. So, selling it for it is claiming effects on something not proven. For all we know. This could have the placebo affect. Gods know why the President wants to do that trade.
By all means, I don’t care who and where the medicine for COVID-19 comes from. Neither what plant, plants or if it is sea-weed or algae. As long as it heals this disease. If Madagascar has found it. It’s awesome and congrats. However, at this very moment there is no scientific proof. That is why selling it as a cure and such is very brazen. Especially, when there is no study proving it. We need a medicine and remedy to COVID-19. That needs to be proven and studied.
Yes, the two things in the CVO – Tambvy has some favourable attributes. However, that is studied for other diseases. Not this one. Just like hydroxychloroquine, this could a be total blast in the wind. Yes, there is no deaths of COVID in Madagascar and a huge result in recovered cases. But, this is not saying anything yet. It can be coincidence and luck. We cannot state it at this mere point. Neither can the President of Madagascar. However, he got a bridge to sell. Peace.
African Traditional Herbal Medicine Supporters Initiative – ‘Artemisia Annua as a Herbal Tea for Malaria’ – Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2007; 4(1): 121–123. (Published online 2006).
Ogwang et. al – ‘ Use of Artemisia annua L. Infusion for Malaria Prevention: Mode of Action and Benefits in a Ugandan Community’ – Patrick E. Ogwang, Jasper O. Ogwal, Simon Kasasa, Francis Ejobi, David Kabasa and Celestino Obua, 07.05.2011 – British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
S.K. Goyal – ‘Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) a bio-sweetener: a review’ – International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, February 2010; 61(1): 1–10
Pamela J Weathers, Melissa Towler, Ahmed Hassanali, Pierre Lutgen, and Patrick Ogwang Engeu – ‘Dried-leaf Artemisia annua: A practical malaria therapeutic for developing countries?’ – World J Pharmacol. 2014 Dec 9; 3(4): 39–55. Published online 2014 Dec 9 (2014).
“President, Yoweri Museveni, through the first lady, Janet Museveni, has delivered his contribution to the National Task Force against COVID-19 and its effects. The President has donated UGX 1.4 Million which is part of his salary” (SpyReports, 30.04.2020).
For a big-man and a President for 34 years, giving a half-month salary is only symbolic. It is trying to make a statement, but not a for-real. It is not like this will hurt the pocket of the President or even matter to him. His not afraid of that this will be detrimental for him nor his family. If it would, he wouldn’t do this now.
Why do I say this? Well, the President is estimated worth of USD $4 billion. Not like he needs help financially. He owns big farms, has state houses all across the Republic. The President owns hotels and other businesses. So, does the rest of his family. They are owning everything from Garden City to other well-known businesses. Not like the donation will hit them at all.
Plus, the President is covered by the funds spent on the State House budget, Office of the President and Classified Expenditure. There is always an escrow account or other measures to secure that the bills will be paid and expenses will be covered. It is just another scheme to get things out of the way.
I’m sure a man with a ranch and 1000 cows can afford more than a million shillings. Especially, if he do care and wants to be noble. Some will cry foul for me. Because, the gesture is on his own. However, when your know his richer than God and has more money than most will see in their lifetime. To be honest, the amount of money we would have the ability to run through if we was incarnated a 1000 times. We might be lucky to get close to a billion dollars. Until then, the President is giving away breadcrumbs and expecting praise.
The President has had the ability to get businesses, ownership of hotels, malls and whatnot. Factories and ranches. Not like the President doesn’t have the opportunity to spend more on the COVID-19 Fund if he wanted too. The President could cover the whole thing, but his not doing so. This is “his money” and only previously been state funds to enrich himself.
If he was an up-and-comer, who rose like a phoenix out of the ashes. However, the President is far from that. His the socialite and big-man of Kampala. The almighty kingpin of the Republic. The man who runs by decree and by his words. Not like he doesn’t have enough cash to double or triple the COVID-19 Fund. If he did that, he would have shown some sacrifice. Nevertheless, the act made by him is only a symbolic affair.
This is a PR Stunt. Not a big deal. That would be if he sold one of the estates he owns or donated a hotel to it. Even if he slaughtered a few cows and gave some of the Sameer Dairy Corporation milk to the COVID-19 Fund. However, he didn’t do that. Because, that would have hurt his pocket and he doesn’t want to do that.
He could even donate one of his cars from his convoy, maybe the luggage car? Show a little flex. That would have shown something. Until then, his only given breadcrumbs and wants praise. Who are you kidding?
He has billions of dollars and only gives a 1 million shillings? It is good, but not real. Only a tear-drop into the giant ocean. Peace.
There isn’t everyday someone in the highest office trying to sell you a miracle cure. However, in Madagascar, the President Rajoelina, who used to be a milkman and DJ turned Mayor. Later turned President. Andry Rajoelina is clearly trying to fix an issue, who has hit his government and worldwide.
But… selling a local trick like this will give false hopes and let people die. This is not a joke. There is no vaccine and no official cure. There is no medicine which is officially working against COVID-19 or Coronavirus. The ones claiming that is snake-oil salesmen. This is the role the former DJ and President is playing now. It is not funny, but a disrespectful thing to his citizens who represents.
“The president of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina has officially launched a local herbal remedy claimed to prevent and cure the novel coronavirus. “Tests have been carried out — two people have now been cured by this treatment,” Rajoelina told ministers, diplomats and journalists at the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA), which developed the beverage. “This herbal tea gives results in seven days,” he said” (France24 – ‘Madagascar president launches coronavirus ‘remedy’ 21.04.2020).
I’m calling the President Getafix after the character from Asterix, which gave the people drinking it superhuman strength and therefore, the trick, which could save the Gaulish village from the Roman Empire. The same way the Madagascar President using this herbal tea as a remedy against a world-wide pandemic.
In this regard, President Rajoelina is selling a dream, which can turn into a nightmare. The public might eat into it and trust him because of his office. People might take this instead of listening to health care officials or information from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO seems maybe far away on the Island of Madagascar. However, Rajoelina isn’t Getafix.
Neither is his drink making the Malagasy people superhuman strength, but instead just another drink of herbal tea. It might have antioxidants and other goodies. It might help your immune system, but conquering COVID-19 is a stretch. It is a dream, a dream the President shouldn’t sell. Peace.