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MPs drink ’COVID-19 curative’ tonic, but say it is not an endorsement

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Several parliamentarians yesterday who had gathered in Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena’s chamber consumed the ayurvedic tonic by ayurvedic practitioner Dhammika Bandara which recently caused a stir in Kegalle, despite health authorities stating that it had not been scientifically tested.

However, some of the MPS who consumed the tonic told Daily Mirror that it was not an endorsement of the product by the government but they had consumed it as it was presented by Bandara himself who visited Parliament yesterday with State Minister of Indigenous Medicine, Rural and Ayurveda Hospital Development and Community Health, sisira Jayakody, to present the tonic to Speaker Abeywardena.

The tonic is said to contain pure bee’s honey and is currently undergoing clinical trials by health authorities to ascertain if it can be used as a suitable cure for the virus.

Pictures of the MPS consuming the tonic went viral on social media yesterday with several users querying how the MPS could consume the concoction it if it was not yet scientifically tested. Several users criticized the move saying the tonic should receive clearance prior to being consumed.

Primary Health Care, epidemics and COVID-19 Disease Control State Minister Dr. sudarshini Fernandopulle requested the public on Wednesday not to queue up to seek the concoction, until research on it is concluded.

She said the Health Ministry had agreed on principle to carry out scientific research on the medicine and added based on the results, it could be said whether the medicine was effective or not. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • Selvakumar Friday, 11 December 2020 09:32 AM

    MP can't be coronapartion, no point check with him the syrups, but I don't things so WHO ( world health oriznation), will be given the approval for this syrups, it's not be proves scientifically.

    Selvakumar Friday, 11 December 2020 09:32 AM

    MP can't be coronapartion, no point check with him the syrups, but I don't things so WHO ( world health oriznation), will be given the approval for this syrups, it's not be proves scientifically.

    joshua Friday, 11 December 2020 12:44 PM

    eat a raw fish for bites. A bunch of jokers from Diyawanna

    vince Friday, 11 December 2020 12:48 PM

    if the public can not have it why did those idiots consume it? there is no cure for any viruses period. only immunity in many cases.

    Kahagama kantha Friday, 11 December 2020 07:23 PM

    It was a good news, As this tonic still in the testing stage people are waiting for the good reaction specially some of 225 ? Can be reduce some Useless burdens from the world.


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