False positive cases in the testing procedure of the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar fuel a rumor of a plot against the island.
The controversy swells in Madagascar, after the Institut Pasteur (IPM) on the island wrongly announced, on May 6, 67 new cases of Covid-19 in a single day. A figure heralding an explosion of the disease in a country relatively spared so far with just over 300 cases. Also, a second opinion was carried out in the process which invalidates the first tests. There are actually only five positive cases.
All this would only be an unfortunate incident if the case did not take place in Madagascar. Because the country continues to promote its remedy against the epidemic, the famous Covid-Organics. A remedy whose global health authorities doubt the effectiveness. In an interview with France 24 on May 10, the Madagascan president Andry Rajoelina comes back.
“If it was a European country that had discovered this remedy, would there be so many doubts? I don't think so. (…) The problem is that it comes from Africa. cannot accept that a country like Madagascar, which is the 163rd poorest country in the world, has set up this formula to save the world. “
So, with this case of false positives, suspicion is gaining the press and public opinion, far beyond the Big Island. “In light of the scandals that follow, we have to question all the results of the contamination tests for the new coronavirus carried out by the chain of the Pasteur Institutes”, claims the Afrik.com site.
According to some, there is an orchestrated desire to manipulate the figures to inflate the number of positives. Madagascar would thus appear, despite its Covid-Organics remedy, to be no more sheltered than another country.
WHO in the act of lying in Madagascar.
The Pasteur Institute (WHO’s right arm) has announced 62 false cases of corona.
This is to make the Covid-Organics appear less reliable in the eyes of the world.
Burundi ousted WHO officials.
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– Aboubakar Youssouf Ali (@Abubakar_Ysf) May 15, 2020
President Andry Rajoelina spoke, in a television address on May 17, “from an unacceptable situation, whether it comes from human error or from a deliberate act.” So the president himself does not close the door to controversy and conspiracy theory.
On the side of the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar, we refuse all responsibility in the case of false positives. The IPM ordered an internal investigation. “This investigation did not demonstrate any failure in the analysis processes carried out”, Explain the Institute in a press release. A track is envisaged: contamination upstream, during the taking or transport of samples, due to the presence of a taking “at extremely high viral load”.
In an interview granted the newspaper The world, André Spiegel, the director of the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar returns to the case. “My teams have been deeply bruised by the public questioning of the government. I understand that the authorities are asking for a counter-investigation, but it could have been done in a more confidential and peaceful manner. We were pushed against our will in spite of ourselves the scene.”
However, on the island, the health situation is deteriorating. On May 17, Madagascar experienced his first death. But above all, the number of people infected skyrockets: 27 new cases for the same day. President Andry Rajoelina acknowledged a relaxation of the population and extended the health emergency by 15 days.