Written by Zulfick Farzan
11 Dec, 2020 | 9:04 PM
Colombo (News 1st); The ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ of Dhammika Bandara from Kegalle is yet to be clinically tested at the Wathupitiwala District Base Hospital, said its Medical Superintendent M. C. N. Bandara on Friday (11).
He said a doctor had made an observation on the syrup or cure, however, he is yet to be informed about it.
Dhammika Bandara, the creator of the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ claims his product was tested at the Wathupitiwala District Base Hospital adding Medical Officer Dhammika Kumara, attached to the hospital’s Public Health Unit intervened in the process.
Dhammika Kumara says several patients at the hospital requested to obtain the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ externally.
He said 140 COVID-19 infected patients were given the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ and later 10 of them were subject to PCR tests and result showed all of them were cured.
Based on the result and after obtaining permission from Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, 50 patients were selected at random and they were divided into two groups, where 25 of them were given the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ and the other 25 were given a separate syrup.
Dr. Dhammika Kumara said all 50 patients were subject to PCR tests and 31 samples were sent to the Maharagama Hospital and 19 were sent to the National Medical Research Institute.
However, the National Medical Research Institute has rejected the PCR tests carried out deviating due process.
According to the samples sent to the Maharagama Hospital 16 of those who consumed the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ and two others who consumed the other syrup were cured of the virus.
Dhammika Kumara went on to note one patient who was given the other syrup had earlier tested negative to COVID-19.
More than 100 vaccines are in trial stages across the world to cure COVID-19, however, none have show 100% accurate results.
Therefore, it the process observed a the Wathupitiwala District Base Hospital can be accepted as the truth, the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ of Dhammika Bandara will become the world’s first cure to show 100% success rate.
However, Dr. Prasad Hendawitharana, the Chair of the Government Ayurvedic Medical Officers Association said there are serious concerns surrouding Dhammika Bandara and his ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’
An Ayurvedic product can only be produced by a doctor registered with the Ayurvedic Medical Council of Sri Lanka and under the strict supervision of a doctor attached to the AMC in a laboratory registered with the Ayurvedic Medical Council, he said.
Though one can claim one discovered a cure, there are steps that need to be followed before it is administered to patients, he added.
No one can claim they are an Ayurvedic Practitioner, simple because they present a recipe of a potion, said Dr. Prasad Hendawitharana, the Chair of the Government Ayurvedic Medical Officers Association.
On the 09th of December State Minister Sisira Jayakody claimed the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine and the Department of Ayurveda had approved for the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ produced by Dhammika Bandara to be given as a food supplement to COVID-19 patients.
On the 10th of December the Commissioner of Ayurveda Chathura Kumaratunga said the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ is being subject to clinical trials and the results are to be expected.
He stressed the Department of Ayurveda had not given approval for the ‘Anti-COVID-19 syrup or cure’ to be used as a food supplement.
The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Association Professor Indika Karunathilake said when a medicine is produced there is a process followed in introducing it to the world.
There is no proven cure for COVID-19 anywhere in the world, he stressed.