With the state of the Madagascar Coronavirus, Madagascar might just be holding the torch of hope that we have looked too hard to the west for.
But really, what are your thoughts? I for one, I think this should be a wake call to a change in the narrative of African systems, adoptions, and strategies?
Well, for the first time in a very long while, the African continent seems to be taking a front line position in discussions concerning international matters. And I think that is worthy of celebration. Yea, while not getting ahead of myself and ignoring the big question of the viability of this salvage plan, I think it is such a milestone worthy of recognition.
The ravaging pandemic that has since December 2019 plunged countries of the world into great confusion, suddenly causing a hijack in the narrative of major institutions and systems of the world and had brought the world to bending knees and an abrupt pause, might well be on its way out of our lips.
Yea, you heard me well, on the 22nd April 2020; only about four days ago, our very own East African country; Madagascar island announced what seems like a ray of hope with its official launch of the organic tea: COVID- Organic. It is meant as an antidote to the corona pandemic; the miracle cure.
The herbal tea discovered and launched at the Madagascar Institute of Applied research (IMRA) is confirmed to have cured two COVID patients already. The tea as announced by the president of the island country- Madagascar city is a formulation for both the prevention and cure of corona. The miracle cure made from Artemisia; a plant cultivated in the island country for the fight against malaria, requires only 7 days to run a complete cure process in a Corona Virus patient.
Despite the promising potential of the organic product to save the world from more death tolls, the international bodies do not seem welcoming of the formulation just yet. The World Health Organization has made disclaimers as to their non-involvement with the new discovery.
But whether or not Madagascar will earn the support of international bodies and organizations, the country is not relenting on the distribution of their miracle bottles to their citizens. As of the 22nd of April, the government deployed soldiers to undertake a door-to-door delivery of the tea to the entire Madagascar population. So while the rest of the world has taken on an observer’s position to see what the next few days will look like, we have high hopes in the ability of Madagascar to save the day.
Madagascar has done a great job of challenging other African countries to mount an inward-looking position and I hope we all see this, and not just bask in the euphoria of the Madagascar trend.
But beyond the buzz around the discovery of the cure, the most sumptuous part of the story for any African should be the fact that the cure is home to us. It is Afro-centric and organic. In this singular feat, there are loads of monumental lessons that we shouldn’t lose sight of. Chief among them is the inward-looking method that most African countries need to imbibe. It is high time we began to search inwards, promote the uniqueness of our Africanness and stop clouting as shadows and mere clones of systems and structures that haven’t done us much good even after several decades of our adoption of them.
While the Madagascan COVID- Organics is still not an endorsed cure, it is a good try, the very first on the planet. It has so far helped curtail recorded cases of the virus to 121 cases with absolutely no death within the people of Madagascar. Impressive yea?
This Madagascar corona virus case has done a great job of challenging other African countries to mount an inward-looking position and I hope we all see this, and not just bask in the euphoria of the Madagascar trend.