Since the beginning of the new coronavirus epidemic, it has been largely an object of curiosity when medicine or a vaccine will be found for the virus. On the news websites and social media, a medicine, called Adutwumwaa Bitters, was claimed to be the remedy to the Covid-19. The claim, shared on 10 March 2020 and sent to Teyit, was mentioned in newspapers and news websites such as İHA, Türkiye, Yeni Şafak, Diriliş Postası, and Tv100.
The medicine in the claim is a product of Adutwumwaa Herbal Industries Limited and on sale for 30 years. The company made a statement on its own Facebook account to deny the claim on 29 February 2020.
Teyit talked to a company selling this product in Ghana. They said that it does not treat the new coronavirus. They also sent Teyit a photo of the original box.
Figure 1The photo of the original product. “Coronavirus” is not written on the box.
Dubawa, an independent fact-checker platform in West Africa, published a disclaimer about this issue.
The herbal product has been used for constipation, menstrual pains, rheumatism, and hypertension for 30 years in Africa.
You can find the information that any specific medicine hasn’t been found yet for the treatment of the new coronavirus on the website of the World Health Organization.
In conclusion, the claim that the treatment of the Covid-19 was found is not true. The post in question is an example of a manipulated content.
Adutwumwaa Herbal Industries Facebook account, Disclaimer, 29 February 2020
Adutwumwaa Herbal Industries Ltd official website, Adutwumwaa Bitters
AddPharma, Adutwumwaa Bitters
E-mail interview with AddPharma, 10 March 2020 Saat:15.18
Dubawa, Herbal Bitters Have Limitations... Not A Coronavirus Cure, 6 March 2020
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Translation: Hilal Ebru Yakar