The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has cautioned the public against the use of Naphthalene (commonly called Camphor or Mothballs) for the prevention and treatment of Covid-19.

In a Press Statement issued by the FDA warned that camphor is an insecticide and produces a toxic gas which repels and kills insects and hence “the vapour produced by camphor in this way elicits a toxic gas which should not be inhaled under any circumstances.”

The FDA warning follows an audio which has gone viral on social media about the inhalation of vapor from Naphthalene for the alleged treatment of the deadly covid-19 virus.

In the said audio tape, the speaker claimed he was speaking from Amponsah Herbal Centre in Holland and advices the listeners to inhale vapour produced by camphor dissolved in hot water for the prevention and treatment of Covid-19.

But the FDA in its statement advised that:”When the vapour produced is inhaled, the body breaks it down into other chemicals that react with cells in the body and damage tissues.

It added:”This can cause skin and eye irritation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhoea.

“Other effects of inhalation of the vapour produced by camphor are confusion, excitement, convulsions, severe anaemia and renal shutdown.”

The FDA maintained that there is no such proven treatment for Covid-19, urging the public  to stay calm and follow the measures announced by the Ministry of Health, which include:

• Frequent washing of hands with soap under running water • The use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers • Wearing face/nose masks regularly • Maintaining social distancing • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth • Staying home and only go out if absolutely necessary.