WHO warns against Ivermectin; Goa Medical College defends

According to timesnownews.com, the Dean of Goa has recently decided against what the researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) believe. The issue is regarding the drug Ivermectin which is usually used to treat any parasitic infection. On Monday, May 10, 2021, the Goa government had approved new COVID-19 protocols and had allowed Ivermectin against the coronavirus. The government believed that the drug, if taken, might prevent viral fever, hence preventing the infection caused by the virus. All the people above 18 were thus asked to take five doses of the drug in a bid. The chief scientist of the WHO, Soumya Swaminathan, had something else to say. In a tweet, Soumya had clearly warned against the use of the drug against COVID, but the dean of the Goa Medical College had something else to say. 

Points made by the dean:

The dean of the Goa Medical College, Dr. Shivanand Bandekar, has disregarded the warnings of the WHO, thus defending the drug. He further went on to say that clinical trials have proven the efficacy of the drug in battling against the coronavirus. He has stated that the studies and trials on this drug were sufficient to establish it as an essential drug to be used against the pandemic-causing virus. Even the expert committee of the state seems to have acknowledged the use of the drug, according to Bandekar. 

The opposition against the use of the drug:

The opposition has questioned the state government on such an amendment regarding the use of the drug. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has not paid any heed to this and has made it known that the drug will be soon available in all government healthcare systems for use. This has made oppositions tweet against the decisions made by the government. The tweet was directed against the government, while WHO was also tagged in the post. The main reason for the outrage is that the second wave is already creating havoc problems in people’s livelihood. It has not stopped taking lives and turning each state into cremation grounds. This situation needs to be handled wisely instead of spreading unauthorized information about a drug that might have several other side effects. These side-effects might not yet have been recorded but have all the potential to worsen the situation. Thus, this situation needs a better understanding and a proper method of handling. 

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