COVID-19: Madagascar’s Health Minister Sacked

Madagascar’s Health Minister, Ahmad Ahmad has been sacked, the Government announced on Thursday.

The move is coming a month after President Andry Rajoelina disagreed with Ahmad for seeking international help for COVID-19.

In July, Madagascar’s COVID-19 cases spiked, forcing the president to impose fresh lockdown on the country’s capital, Antananarivo despite an official campaign to promote a herbal drink touted as a remedy for the virus.

The Health Minister wrote a letter to international agents asking for medical equipment after hospitals in the country raised concern about lack of beds.

COVID-19: Madagascar's Health Minister Sacked
Madagascar’s President, Andry Rajoelina

This didn’t go well with the President who said the Minister 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.

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