COVID-19: Madagascar Sacks Health Minister

 COVID-19: Madagascar Sacks Health Minister

Madagascar on Thursday said it had fired its health minister as part of a government reshuffle.

The move is however coming a month the health minister clashed with the president for seeking international help for coronavirus.

AFP reports that the Indian Ocean island-nation saw COVID-19 cases surge in July despite an official campaign to promote a herbal drink  which it claims as a remedy for the virus.

As hospitals raised concern about lack of beds, Health Minister Ahmad Ahmad wrote a letter in July asking international agencies to send medical equipment.

His appeal sparked anger in President Andry Rajoelina’s administration, which said Ahmad had acted “without consulting” either the government or head of state.

Ahmad’s cabinet exit was revealed on Thursday in the announcement of a new list of ministers following a reshuffle.

“Jean Louis Hanitrala Rakotovao has been named new health minister,” cabinet secretary Valery Ramonjavelo told a press conference, without giving details about the change.

However, Madagascar’s coronavirus outbreak seems to have slowed with new daily confirmed cases dropping from peaks of over 400 in July to an average of around 80 since Monday.

To date the country has recorded more than 14,000 infections, of which 177 deaths have been fatal.

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