The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in Ghana has warned the general public against the use of naphthalene balls as a cure for coronvirus.
In search for the cure of the fast-spreading global pandemic, many people have come out with alternative suggestions of cures against the disease.
The one trending currently is the use of naphthalene balls commonly known as camphor as treatment of the coronavirus.
An audio spotted on social media is educating people on the use of naphthalene balls to prevent Covid-19 by placing the balls in hot water and inhaling the vapour.
“… Camphor is an insecticide and produces a toxic gas which repels and kills insects. The vapour produced by camphor in this way elicits a toxic gas which should not be inhaled under any circumstances.
“When the vapour produced is inhaled, the body breaks it down into other chemicals that react with cells in the body and damage tissues. 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,” part of a statement released and signed by the CEO of FDA, Delese Darko said.