Inhalation of camphor vapour damages body tissues—FDA warns against self COVID-19 treatment
The Food and Drug Authority (FDA) has cautioned the citizenry against the inhalation of camphor which is also known as Naphthalene or Mothballs for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19.
The Authority noted that an audio which went viral on social media urged the people to inhale the vapour from Naphthalene to assist them in the prevention and treatment of COVID 19, thus the warning.
According to a press statement issued today in Accra and signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FDA, Mrs Delase A. A Darko camphor is an insecticide and produces a toxic gas which repels and kills insects, thus was not good for human system.
“The vapour produced by camphor in this way elicits a toxic gas which should not be inhaled under any circumstances,” she said.
In the said audio, Mrs Darko observed that the speaker who claimed he was speaking from Amponsah Herbal Centre in Holland, advised the listeners to inhale vapour produced by Naphthalene in hot water to prevent and treat the virus.
She explained that, when the vapour produced by camphor is inhaled, the body breaks it down into other chemicals that react with cells in the body and damage tissues.
This, the FDA said could cause skin and eye irritation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, adding that “other effects of the inhalation of the vapour produced by camphor are confusion, excitement, convulsion, severe anaemia, and renal shutdown.”
The authority therefore called on the citizenry to adhere to the proposed safety protocols by the government and the Ministry of Health since there was no such proven treatment for COVID-19.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE