Two persons — a woman and a soldier — have died after allegedly consuming an alcoholic drink popularly called ‘Mahogany Bitters’ at a drinking bar at the Myohaung Barracks at Apremdo in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis.
Four others who took the drink, which is a special mixture of alcohol and herbal preparations, were rushed to a health facility at the barracks and were responding to treatment as of the time of writing this report.
The drink, which is in bottles without labels, is the new ‘kid on the block’ in many drinking bars in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis, although it is being sold without approval from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
It is touted by bar operators to be the panacea for various health conditions, including waist pains and loss of appetite, and also serves as an aphrodisiac.
According to a police source, one of the deceased was the wife of a Staff Sergeant (name withheld), who had visited the bar on two separate days and consumed some quantity of the bitters.