SUPP party man rebukes holy water bath suggestion to treat Covid-19

Gerald Goh

KUCHING, Jan 29: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Batu Kitang branch rebuked the recently suggested prescription by Kelantan Local Government and Health Deputy Exco, Hilmi Abdullah, to use “holy water” to treat Covid-19 infection, including the “bathing treatment” with “holy water”.

According to its organising secretary, Gerald Goh, in a press statement today, such baseless, unfounded and non-scientifically proven folk prescriptions are definitely to be avoided, and in fact, should not be allowed to mislead the public.

“This insanity in mindset has also painted a not so nice picture on whatever platform he was coming from. A mere personal publicity campaign that has gone wrong.

“The world facing the threat of the new pandemic is still actively developing and using vaccines in clinical trials. Professional and scientific interventions to curb the threat of coronavirus on humans are constantly in progress,” he said.

Goh noted although individuals could not be prevented from using their own beliefs or other folk methods as their treatment for coronavirus, an unproven method of treatment or prevention must not be publicised.

“Definitely not from the desk of a Health Deputy Exco, let alone guiding the people to follow and use. This is a very dangerous and unethical behaviour,” he added.

He pointed out that before the government actually announced the use of vaccines for the people, all should strictly observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs) approved by the authority concerned as prevention and to curb the spread of Covid-19 virus.

He said that is to wear masks, avoid going to crowded places, wash hands frequently, stay at home or observe strict social distancing and nothing else.

“If you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately. We call on to those in authority to address the people on the correct and effective pandemic prevention procedures, instead of making ridiculous remarks for personal gains, and yes, we don’t need another coconut gimmick to help flatten the curve,” he said. –DayakDaily.