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Madagascar ‘Appeals For COVID-19 Support’

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Madagascar 'Appeals For COVID-19 Support'

Madagascar health ministry has sent out an urgent request to partner agencies and health institutions for support, as covid-19 cases increase.

Officials at some hospitals in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo are warning that their facilities are overwhelmed following a recent spike in covid-19 cases.

Madagascar ministry of health said the covid-19 epidemic has evolved in a very critical fashion in the island nation in recent weeks.  Significant outbreaks have occurred in some regions, particularly the capital. There have been reports that public hospitals in Madagascar are at full capacity and will only admit severe cases of coronavirus.

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The health minister has written an open letter to aid agencies asking for testing kits, respirators and protective equipment for health workers, to help fight the pandemic.

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President Andry Rajoelina had reimposed a lockdown on the capital early this month following a rise in cases.

More than eight thousand covid-19 cases have been reported, including at least 69 deaths.

Madagascar had launched a herbal mixture it touted as remedy for COVID-19.  Health professionals in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo had discredited the efficacy of the Covid-organics after clinical analysis.

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The world health organization representative in Madagascar has warned that hospitals are saturated even before the nation reached the peak of the pandemic.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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