Kolkata, India: Amid a disastrous second wave COVID-19 outbreak in India, thousands of people were witnessed breaking COVID rules and forming a virtual stampede in Krishnapatnam village, Andhra Pradesh, in order to receive a free dose of an Ayurvedic practitioner’s “wonder medicine.”
B. Anandaiah, an older practitioner, asserts that his treatment is successful in healing COVID-19, although there is no scientific proof to back up this claim so far.
Visuals of the medecine show a tar-like preparation being cooked on a deep bottom tumbler, which is reminiscent of Indian ayurvedic preparation Chyavanprash.
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If citizen journalist’s reports are to be believed, dozens of patients amongst the crowd of reported 50-60k were Covid positive since they were admitted to a Nellore hospital, which they vacated en-masse to get the miracle Covid dose.
Social media footages show crowds of thousands queuing near makeshift tents set up for the purported miracle cure medecine and the scenes further depict India’s current crisis as throngs of people still flout Covid rules set by scientific bodies to prevent the spread of the virus.
Thousands of COVID-19 patients in Nellore GGH rushed out of the ward, believing Anandaiah’s promises, and raced to get a dose of the medicine, which was manufactured out of “dream,” as he said.
Entire ward in Nellore GGH vacated as patients rush to #Krishnapatnam to get ‘medicine’ from Anandiah!These are #Covid patients. Don’t forget there will be 50-60k crowd there today…including positive patients. Did #AndhraPradesh find a cure or are they inviting THIRD wave? pic.twitter.com/34vjtyBMqw
— Revathi (@revathitweets) May 21, 2021
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy convened a high-level review meeting shortly after the free distribution of the drug began, inquiring about the medicine.
Following the meeting, A.K.K. Srinivas, the state’s deputy chief minister, announced that the state government had agreed to send the drug to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for a thorough evaluation of its efficacy.
This is not the first time Indians have taken to alternative medications to quash the virus.
Amongst the dozens of videos of individuals queuing for the drug have gone viral on Twitter, one particular clip shows a man going down, purportedly due to low oxygen levels, then magically rising after taking the alleged medication.
The video from #Krishnapatnam you see, man falls due to low o2 levels & the volunteer Administration gave him medicine & made him to get recovered.
— arey Dillipuuu 🇮🇳😒 (@itsDKupdated) May 21, 2021
M. Venkaiah Naidu, India’s Vice President, has also urged Ayush Minister Kiren Rijiju and ICMR Director Balram Bhargava to conduct a study on the drug.
A recipe for disaster
The scenes come amid a crisis facing India as hospitals across the nation battle the second wave. Every day India has been recording more COVID-19 cases than anywhere else in the world, for consecutive days now.
Experts and critics allege the present situation unfolding in the nation to the misgovernance of the Hindu-nationalist Narendra Modi-led central government’s laxity towards enforcing Covid rules in the nation, including ruling out possibilities of a second wave earlier this year.
P.V. Ramesh, a former bureaucrat who served as senior secretary (health) and special chief secretary to the state chief, described miracle medicine as “yet another formula for disaster.”
“Governments must stop such epidemics of superstition. Those preparing and promoting this Krishnapatnam concoction are punishable under the Pharmacy Act, 1948, and Drugs and Magic Remedies, 1954”, he said, as quoted by Sputnik.