At the official introduction of the 2021 Covid-19 Case Management Guidelines by the MoH on Friday, the Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Rashid Aman, called for compliance with the Ministry’s guidelines.
“It is important that health care workers follow guidelines given by the government for treating Covid-19 to avoid unnecessary complications and even death that can result from using unapproved drugs, “said Dr. Aman.
This comes after research by Nation.Africa identified Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa as the places where the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) found it unsuitable for human use Use stated drug is being used.
Dr. Loice Ombajo, an infectious disease specialist at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) said there is still no evidence of the drug’s use.
“There is still insufficient evidence of ivermectin’s use to treat from Covid-19 or to show that it prevented Covid-19. 19 deaths, “she said.
Administration of antibiotics
She warned Doc against the administration of antibiotics in the treatment of the coronavirus on the grounds that there is no evidence of their effectiveness .
According to the American Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the use of antibiotics promotes antibiotic resistance.
Dr. Marybeth Maritim, Infectious Disease Specialist at KNH, also urged medical professionals to adhere to the established guidelines.
“The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has approved various drugs such as remdesivir for emergency use and it is therefore important that that Healthcare workers only use approved drugs when treating Covid-19 patients, ”said Dr. Maritime.
In August this year an official response to Nation.Africa about the use of ivermectin by PPB made it very clear that it was only using ivermectin to treat lymphatic disease Filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, has approved one of many neglected tropical diseases.
“Current evidence does not support the use of ivermectin to treat or protect against Covid-19 and is therefore not appropriate for treatment approved by Covid-19 in Kenya, “the official answer said.
According to MoH, the drug is harmful.
” Ivermectin is currently on the radar of international health authorities – according to the World Health Organization it is considered potentially harmful.
“The FDA [US Food and Drug Administration] has not reviewed any data to suggest the use of ivermectin in Covid-19 patients support, however, are some initial subs bookings in progress. Taking a drug for an unapproved use can be very dangerous, “the FDA said last month.
” You can also overdose on ivermectin, which can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (low blood pressure) . allergic reactions (itching and hives), dizziness, ataxia (balance problems), seizures, coma and even death, “she warns.
Dr. Aman assured that the new guidelines reflect the country’s contextual experience of the coronavirus.
“In order to have a standardized approach to Covid-19 patients, I urge all healthcare workers to request these new guidelines take over, “he said.