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The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is cautioning the public against the use of Naphthalene, commonly known as camphor for the prevention and treatment of the novel coronavirus.

According to the FDA, an audio circulating on social media suggests that the inhalation of vapour from camphor can be used for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

In the purported audio, the speaker claimed to be speaking from Amponsah Herbal Centre in Holland, advised listeners to inhale vapour produced by camphor dissolved in hot water for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

But the FDA in a statement signed by its Chief Executive Officer, Delese A. A. Darko, warned Ghanaians to disregard the claims explaining the threat it poses to the health of humans.

According to the FDA, camphor is an insecticide and produces toxic gas which repels and kills insects.

“The vapour produced by camphor in this way elicits a toxic gas which should not be inhaled under any circumstances. When the vapour produced is inhaled, the body breaks it down into other chemicals that react with cells in the body and damage tissues,” the FDA boss explained.

According to her, the inhalation of that can cause skin and eye irritation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea.

Also, other effects are confusion, excitement, convulsions, severe anaemia and renal shutdown.

The FDA is therefore warning the public to follow the directives announced by the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and World Health Organisation in the prevention of COVID-19 since there is no such proven treatment for the virus.

Read the statement below


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