Monday, 06 April

COVID-19: No local bitters can replace sanitizers – CPMR

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Centre for Plant Medicine Research


The Centre for Plant Medicine Research (CPMR) has warned that no known medical plant, or herbal product or local gin, has, at yet, been proven to be efficacious against COVID-19.

The CPMR noted that their caution has become necessary following reports on social media that alcoholic bitters could be a substitute for hand sanitizers in seeking to prevent coronavirus.

CPMR in a statement explained that no herbal bitters or local gin could be a viable substitute for hand rubbing because for a sanitizer to be effective, in ridding the hands of coronavirus, it must have 60-95% alcohol by volume and that alcohol content for bitters on the market is often less than 45%.

“Thus, clearly, such bitters and their alcohol contents are inadequate as a sterilising measure against COVID-19,” the statement said.

As a research center, CPMR revealed it is engaging with various partners and stakeholders including the Ministry of Health and Traditional Medicine Practitioners to explore research opportunities against COVID-19 using herbal medicine.

Ghana has so far recorded nine confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The government has, thus, placed a ban on all social gatherings to prevent the spread of the disease.  


Source: Mensah