The syrup, which is said to contain anti Covid-19 properties, was developed by Dhammika Bandara of Kegalle.
The minister was speaking at the Cabinet briefing today (19).
I don't think the government is promoting that. Every individual has the right to take precautionary measures. On the other hand, the government has not forced it nor officially permitting to use this or promoting it. That's our position, he said.
Journalists further questioned whether the Speaker taking the concoction in front of cameras wasn't an indication that the syrup had some sort of state backing or endorsement.
I suppose it is the individual's right to use it or not to use it. You cannot have restrictions. I was there but did not have it... Until it is clinically proven I do not believe in anything, the minister replied.
State minister Piyal Nishantha, who publicly had Dhammika Paniya at the parliament complex, was tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday (18).
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