The United States has this Friday, 22 May, announced an additional of US 2.4 million to Tanzania through the Tanzanian United States Agency for International Development (USAID), that will be used in the war against COVID-19 pandemic.
This comes a day after Tanzania unveiled traditional medicine said to treat COVID-19 disease among other deadly diseases.
The amount which is about Tsh5.6 billion when converted will be used to enhance Tanzanian labs that are involved in COVID-19 testing, enhancing sharing of information on infections cases and steps being made in containing the spread of the virus, educate the general public about the disease and the necessary measures that need to be taken to flatten the curve.
Earlier, the US had donated $1 million to Tanzania towards the COVID-19 pandemic. Tanzania has so far received at least 3.4 million US dollars towards the pandemic that has plunged the whole world into panic and fear.
US aid to Tanzania comes when the country is making bold steps towards winning the war against the virus.
On Thursday, Tanzania joined other African countries like Madagascar who have been making international headlines with traditional medicine linked to curing and preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Kibaha District Commissioner Assumpter Mshama told the media that their herbal medicine named ‘Baycaro’ treats COVID-19, cancer among other diseases.
“Results for Baycaro, the COVID-19 cure we told you we had sent it to National Institute For Medical Research (NIMR) for further tests have come and they have revealed the medicine is fine.
“NIMR has assured that those consuming this medicine won’t die because of poisoning. So we can be equals to Madagascar. Baycaro also cures cancer, I trust the medicine and that is why I am not putting on a face mask,” she had said.
President Magufuli recently announced a reduction in infection cases in Tanzania and even set 1st June as the official date for higher learning institutions to re-open.