ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s main opposition party wants to know whether the government is depending on a herbal syrup produced by a Shaman to cure Covid 19 or purchase vaccines to stop the pandemic.
The Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) told reporters today in Colombo that “the government should clearly state whether they are going to use native treatment or bring in vaccines.”
SJB MP Niroshan Perera told reporters that statements expressed by various members in the government do not indicate what remedy the state plans to offer to stop the rapid spread of the disease which has sickened over 30,000 citizens and killed nearly 160.
“The people are in doubt whether they should take the syrup or wait till the vaccine arrives,” he said and added that the government has all the facilities and the powers to conduct tests on the Ayurvedic syrup or find the most suitable vaccine to be used in the country.
A syrup, produced by a Shaman who is the custodian of a Kali Amman temple in the Kegalle district called Dhammika Bandara, is being promoted by the government as a preventative medication as well as a cure.
Bandara has no medical background as he is neither a certified Ayurvedic Physician nor a Western Medical doctor.
He says he is a Hela Veda, a stream of Herbalists not officially recognised by law.
He claimed on the governing-party-friendly TV channel Adaderana that “three-doses of my medicine will make you immune from Covid for the rest of your life.”
Leading government figures from Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene have been seen on TV consuming the concoction which is actively promoted by the State Minister for Indigenous Medicine Sisira Jayakody.
Meanwhile, the State Minister of Primary Health Services, Pandemics and COVID Prevention Dr Sudarshani Fernandopulle told reporters yesterday that there is still no discussion to import vaccines from any country as no vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
She added that no vaccine is still approved by the WHO as all of the vaccines are still in the testing stages. (Colombo/Dec17/2020)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe