Wathupitiwala Base Hospital Director rubbishes shaman’s claims
By Methmalie Dissanayake
The Director of the Wathupitiwala Base Hospital Dr. C.N. Bandara yesterday (15) said, he was not aware of any kind of clinical trial conducted on the portion invented by a shaman and traditional medical practitioner Dhammika Bandara in the Hospital premises.
Dr. Bandara said: “We do not have any connection with that alleged clinical trial. I have not been informed about such a trial either. However, a doctor had made an observation”.
I have not been informed about it.”
Dhammika Bandara’s portion sparked controversy when he claimed, it was a cure for COVID-19. He also claimed, a trial conducted at the COVID-19 Treatment Centre at the Hospital showed 100 per cent success.
The distribution of his portion was temporarily suspended after more than 15,000 persons gathered in front of his devalaya to obtain free samples of the portion last week.
However, after that Dhammika Bandara met the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and several Government Parliamentarians at the Parliament and presented the portion to the Speaker. He was accompanied to Parliament by State Minister Sisira Jayakody.
State Minister for COVID Diseases Control, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle said, the portion has not been scientifically proved to be effective for COVID-19 yet. The people should be patient, until results of the scientific clinical trial on the medicine is found, she added.
Furthermore, the Commissioner of Ayurveda Chathura Kumarathunga said, the portion has not been registered in the Ayurvedic Department as a drug or a food supplement yet. The Ayurvedic Department officials obtained samples of the portion for clinical trials, he said.