Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has dismissed media reports suggesting Ghana has requested and received COVID-19 treatment drugs from Madagascar.
Describing the information as inaccurate, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah stressed that the country has neither made a request for the said cure nor received same for testing as has been widely disseminated.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information’s routine press briefings in Accra today, the Information Minister explained that eve though Madagascar has reached out to Ghana to try the said herbal medicine, the country’s team of experts are waiting to receive samples of the cure for further tests to be undertaken.
“The Centre for Plant Medicine and the FDA stand by to tests whatever of these supposed cures are available and after those tests have been done, a decision can be made by the clinicians.”
“So I just want to be clear, the reports that Ghana has requested for or that we have received and we are testing a cure from Madagascar is incorrect. What we have said is that they have reached out to us as they have done to many other countries, that they have something that they believe can cure,” he clarified.
“What we will do is that we will test it when it is made available to us. We have said that if indeed they have a cure, no challenge; they should let us have it and we will test it and see,” the minister stressed.
He further indicated that several Ghanaians have also reached out to the government with various medicines they claim can cure the dreaded disease, which medicines he added will be also be subjected to test.
“At the same time, there are many other local persons who say they have a cure. The same testing regime; FDA and Centre for Plant Medicine will test it and make a determination. So please let’s clear; we have not requested for it, neither have we received any,” he noted.