Madagascar Hospitals “Now Only Accepting Severe Cases,” As COVID-19 Cases Spike

Hospital officials in Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo say they are struggling to cope with a rush of coronavirus patients that they are now admitting critical patients.

To date, the Indian Ocean island nation has recorded 7 548 coronavirus cases, including 65 deaths a development which Health department official Zely Arivelo Andriamanantany attributes to the use of COVID-Organics (CVO) and lack of social distancing.

Speaking to AFP on Tuesday, Andohotapenaka Hospital director Nasolotsiry Raveloson said:

We are now only accepting severe cases.

The number of cases is increasing more and more.

We now have 46 severe cases and so we only have four spaces left.

The country’s President Andry Rajoelina has been promoting an infusion derived from Artemisia, a plant with proven anti-malarial properties, as a homegrown cure for the coronavirus.

Health personnel in Madagascar have been giving samples of the COVID-Organics herbal drink to patients in the capital’s hospitals despite warnings by the World Health Organization (WHO) that there are no published scientific studies of the drink.

More: AFP

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