Goa prescribes Ivermectin for above 18 irrespective of Covid-19 symptoms

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11th May, 2021 03:17:45 PM printer

Goa prescribes Ivermectin for above 18 irrespective of Covid-19 symptoms

 

With a ten-fold rise in Covid-19 infections over the last month, the Goa government on Monday (May 9) announced that it will be starting prophylaxis treatment by administering Ivermectin to all above the age of 18 years in the state, irrespective of Covid-19 symptoms.

The government’s decision to administer the anthelmintic drug to the entire population comes at a time its vaccination programme for the 18-44 age group is yet to take off and is expected to start only by the third week of May.

Health minister Vishwajit Rane said that Goa would be the first state in the country to administer Ivermectin to its adult citizens as a step towards protecting lives.

Health minister Vishwajit Rane said that Goa would be the first state in the country to administer Ivermectin to its adult citizens as a step towards protecting lives.

“According to journals of therapeutics, there have been studies in the US, UK, Japan, Germany that when Ivermectin is administered in advance, when the entire population is administered this treatment, their mortality rate fell and effects of Covid-19 on that individual were also less.

(With Indian Express Inputs)


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