Andhra Pradesh: B. Anandaiah, a teacher -turned-Ayurveda practitioner from Krishnapatnam, Andhra Pradesh has been distributing a controversial herbal concoction which he claims to cure Covid-19 patients. The local legislator, Kakani Govardhan Reddy has been overseeing the distribution of herbal concoction until the government intervened and stopped the distribution after thousands rushed to Krishnapatnam triggering a chance of another massive spread in Covid cases. There were also a lot questions raised on the efficacy of the medicine, after which the AP govt. took up the issue with central Ayush department and central council for research in Ayurvedic science.
After the Andhra Pradesh government permitted the use of Anandaiah’s traditional medicine based on CCRAS report, a screenshot of a website claiming to be the official platform for distribution of Anandaiah herbal medicine has gone viral. The website features pictures of AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, B. Anandaiah, and other local leaders from YSRC Party. The website also features products labeled as L, P, F resembling the three products made by Anandaiah which were also permitted by the AP govt. for use.
After the screenshot and link to the website went viral on social media and WhatsApp, the Andhra Pradesh government’s official fact-checking department has clarified that the viral website has no official approval. It further stated, “Any such official platform should only be notified by the Andhra Pradesh Health Department COVID-19 Response (Arogya Andhra)”.
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Conclusion: The viral website claiming to be an official platform for distributing Anandaiah’s herbal medicine is found to be fake and is no longer working. The website was created on 21st May 2021, and registered to a Pvt.Ltd company.