KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — United Kingdom-based Malaysian trainee surgeon Dr Nur Amalina Che Bakri has debunked a claim made by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba that drinking warm water can help to prevent the Covid-19 infection.

Many social media users have shared a video of Dr Adham’s appearance on RTM’s Bicara Naratif programme last night, in which he recommended that Malaysians should ensure their mouths and throats are always moist, as this will help to wash the virus down the oesophagus, so that it can be killed by stomach acid.

In response to a post by lawyer Syahredzan Johan, Dr Nur Amalina, who first came to the attention of Malaysians when she helped pave the way for Ainul Mardhiah Ahmad Safiuddin’s successful tumour-removal operation in the UK, tweeted, “Not recommended by doctors and it is no evidence-based.”

In another tweet shortly after, she added, “Having said that, drinking water is a good way to keep you hydrated but it doesn’t inactivate the virus in any way.”

Similarly, Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim took to Twitter to urge the Health Ministry to debunk its minister’s claims.


“In this time of crisis, I hope @KKMPutrajaya will address the statement by YB Health Minister that warm water can ‘ease’ the passage of the Covid-19 virus to the stomach where it will be destroyed by stomach acid. The rakyat need accurate facts to protect themselves,” the former deputy youth and sports minister wrote. @KKMPutrajaya is the Health Ministry’s Twitter handle.

According to a report by British broadcaster BBC, the rumour that drinking water at regular 15-minute intervals and keeping your mouth moist can protect you from Covid-19 is among the most widely shared online fables.

Malay Mail is currently attempting to reach the Health Ministry for comment.