The Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) has received a proposal to conduct clinical trials on Ganga water to examine if it can be used to treat Covid 19.
The proposal was forwarded by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), an arm of the Jal Shakti Ministry, after Atulya Ganga, an organisation comprising Army Veterans requested the ministry to conduct clinical trials on the ‘holy’ water to find the cure for the deadly viral disease.
An official of National Mission for Clean Ganga said on the condition of anonymity, that the proposal has been forwarded to ICMR and the team of Atulya Ganga, in a letter to ICMR, claimed that there are several “species” of bacteriophages in the upper stretches of the Ganga.
Scientists have discovered bacteriophages and named it ‘Ninja Virus’
“In Ganges, scientists have discovered bacteriophages and named it Ninja Virus, popularly known as Gangtva. Phages, as they are also called, are viruses that specifically target bacteria and are also extremely strain-specific.”
Atulya Ganga founder, Major Manoj Keshwar, said that there are scientific references to suggest that these phages have anti-microbial properties and could potentially destroy bacteria. He further said that India is “blessed” to have a holy river like Ganga and that people should look up to it to find the cure for coronavirus.
The organization is hopeful after receiving a response from the NMCG.
Since COVID 19 is a viral disease, even though Ganga water is an effective bacteria killers, how it can be used for the treatment of COVID 19 is not mentioned in the strange demand. A bacteriophage is a virus which parasitizes a bacterium by infecting it and reproducing inside it. Bacteriophages are much used in genetic research. There is no idea in the request as to how a bacteriophage can destroy any virus.