BBC Africa Eye and Anas Aremeyaw Anas expose Covid-19 scam
An underworld of quack doctors have been exploiting the coronavirus pandemic and making money selling fake coronavirus cures. Investigative reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas goes undercover in Ghana, exposing a Covid-19 scam said to be worth tens of thousands of dollars. WHO estimates 100,000 people die as a consequence of fake medicines every year in Africa. Posing as the brother of a man infected with the deadly coronavirus, Anas sets out to find so-called cures, to expose the men who sell them, and to test the liquids for potentially dangerous and toxic ingredients.
The investigation focuses on two case studies: the so-called “Abdellah brothers” and COA FS.
The Abdellah brothers
Dr Abdellah Jr and Dr Abdellah Sr are the masterminds of a Covid-19 scam said to be worth tens of thousands of dollars.
When we sent them our allegations they told the BBC they are in the process of licencing their product and that it is for testing purposes only. They denied selling it to anybody.
COA FS is registered as a food supplement, licenced for general welfare. There is no regulatory basis for it to be marketed as a cure or a treatment for any disease in Ghana. Despite this, the creator of the product, Samuel Ato Duncan, has repeatedly claimed it can treat various diseases.
After initially announcing COA FS is a “potential cure for coronavirus” in March 2020, Duncan reversed his stance on 15 March – issuing a statement claiming the product “is not a cure for coronavirus.”
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Source: BBC Africa Eye