The government has approved to admit persons with positive Covid status to Ayurvedic hospitals and treat them with porridge and local medicine, said Minister of Indigenous Medicine Sisira Jayakody, speaking to media yesterday (02).
"For the first time in Sri Lanka's history, the approval to admit Covid patients to Ayurvedic hospitals has been given. The government has decided to declare Rajagiriya Ayurvedic Hospital, Navinna Ayurvedic Research Hospital and other Ayurvedic hospitals spread across the country as treatment centres for Covid patients. Above all, they will be given our own porridges, osupen, traditional medicine. As the Ayurvedic Department, we have initiated the distribution of these Suwadharani medicine free of charge," the Minister said.
Sisira Jayakody is the government figure directly involved in promoting and giving state patronage to a tonic, which claimed to be powered by goddess Kaali and discovered by a notorious druid and a holy man named Dhammika "Dhanapala" Bandara , as an alternative approach to 'curing' Covid-19. He had attempted to register this magic potion as an indigenous medicine in Sri Lanka. However, the tonic was proven to be false upon clinical trial.
The prevailing health crisis Sri Lanka is bound to is getting further complicated due to such ministerial figures, whose tendency is to score over the public's suffering.