The Chief of Staff has cautioned Ghanaian adults against consuming large volumes of sweet fruit juice because it is not good for their health.
Julius Debrah said the drinks contain a lot of sugar meant to boost the growth of children.
They are therefore not meant for adults.
Speaking to supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Brong Ahafo Regional town of Wenchi, he said adults who take very sweet fruit juices would go down with a sickness called “Kalyppolities.”
‘I am pleading with you that you the adults here if you take Kalyppo, the sugar content can leave you with some sickness so please don’t take it,’ he said in Twi to the supporters who shouted ‘Noooo.’
NPP leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with former Finance Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo
The Chief of Staff’s comment comes barely a month after an image of the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sipping the drink in between campaigns went viral on social media.
Attempts by some NDC functionaries to mock the NPP leader triggered what has become known in Ghana as #Kalyselfie.
NPP executives and supporters, in their bid to solidarise with Mr Akufo-Addo, circulated their pictures on social media, especially Facebook sipping the juice.
Former President, John Kufuor enjoying his box of the fruit juice during the launch of NPP's 2016 manifesto
International media Reuters reported the fruit juice stunt meant to make a meal out of the NPP leader for supping the drink has become an albatross around the neck of government.
“An attempt by Ghana’s ruling party to make fun of the main opposition candidate in the presidential election by posting a photograph of him sipping from a small carton of Kalyppo fruit has backfired, with his supporters adopting the brand to rally support,” the report said.
Just when the euphoria about the drink has shown signs of waning, the former Local Government Minister has fanned the flame, urging NDC supporters to desist from sweet drinks.
He, however, did not deviate from the purpose of his visit to the region. He told the supporters to go out in their numbers on December 7 to cast their votes for President John Mahama.
According to Mr Debrah, the President is one such individual who remains true to his words and would fulfill every promise made to Ghanaians.
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