The World Health Organisation says it met with 70 traditional medicine experts in a bid to find a cure for the coronavirus pandemic.
WHO African Region made this known via its Twitter handle on Tuesday.
The health organisation said an agreement was reached with the herbal medicine experts on clinical trials of their remedies.
Earlier, Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina criticised WHO and other international organisations for allegedly scorning local “remedy” for COVID-19.
Before the meeting, WHO had repeatedly warned that the COVID-Organics infusion, which Rajoelina has touted as a remedy against the deadly coronavirus, has not been clinically tested.
But Madagascar claimed the drink is derived from artemisia – a plant with proven anti-malarial properties – and other indigenous herbs.
Already Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, and Tanzania have taken delivery of consignments of the potion, which was launched last month.
Also, Nigeria’s president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approved the importation of the remedy.