Sep 20, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Shock as doctors use head lice drug to treat Covid-19 patients

Weeks of nationwide research have identified Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa as the places where the drug is most commonly consumed.

“It sells in pharmacies for between 100 and 500 francs per tab during it In animal pharmacies in rural areas, I would assume that private hospitals would charge higher fees, “said Dr. Ahmed Kalebi, a consultative pathologist in Nairobi.

” We don’t give it outpatient, it unless the patient is admitted here and it is the specialist who prescribes it, “said an official who the customer service department of a private hospital in Nairobi presented to our undercover investigation team as the officer in charge of the Covid-19 isolation ward. She wanted to know whether we wanted the drug as an outpatient buyer.

“I’m currently dealing with cases of patients who have come to me after taking the drug, but nothing has changed, or in other cases, they are doing badly, which means that I must now try to undo the damage, ”said a senior doctor on the Covid-19 isolation unit who works in a large private hospital in Kenya , the nation with.

Three months ago, when Kisumu and 13 other counties in the lake region were grappling with a devastating surge in Covid-19 infections, a resident of the Migosi estate told Nation that he was infected with the virus. Due to the lack of space in the hospitals, he decided to seek home care. A nurse would often check him out, and days later his two family members who lived with him also got the virus. The three received a range of medications, including zinc, vitamin D3, ceovit, azithromycin and ivermectin.

Five days

“We got the prescription from a doctor. Ivermectin 6 mg should be taken daily for five days. The full dose of ivermectin was Sh630, ”he said. “It’s an antiprotozoal drug that is given orally most of the time. It works by torturing GABA cells (the main inhibitory neurotransmitter – which means it blocks nerve impulses in the central nervous system), ”said a clinician from Kisumu who has used it on patients.

In Mombasa County, a patient who tested positive for Covid-19 last week and is currently on the drug, said she had no choice.

Dr. George Njoroge, the founder of the Center for Africa’s Life Sciences (Coals), based in Naivasha, says the drug’s use to treat Covid-19 is “deadly”. Not even recommended for animals due to its toxicity.

In an official response, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) made it clear that it has only approved the use of ivermectin to treat the well-known lymphatic filariasis B. elephantiasis , one of many neglected tropical diseases.

“Current evidence supports the use of ivermectin to treat or prevent Covid-19 and is therefore not approved for the treatment of Covid-19 in Kenya,” is the official response partially.

According to the US National Library of Medicines, ivermectin, taken orally or as an injection, is used to treat head lice infestations, which are common in children ages three to 11, as well as other external parasites and in Skin conditions such as rosacea, a common skin condition that causes flushing and flushing, have visible blood vessels on your face. The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced that, in collaboration with experts from the WHO and coronavirus case management, it has prepared revised guidelines for use.


“These consolidated guidelines for the prevention, control and management of Covid-19 in Kenya offer updated recommendations, ”said the MoH. Ivermectin is currently on the radar of international health authorities – it is considered potentially harmful according to the WHO.

“The FDA [US Food and Drug Administration] has not reviewed any data on the use of ivermectin in Covid support -19 patients to treat or prevent Covid-19; however, some initial research is ongoing. Taking a drug for an unapproved use can be very dangerous, “says the FDA.

” You can Also overdose ivermectin which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (low blood pressure) and allergic reactions (itching and hives), dizziness, ataxia (balance problems), seizures, coma and even death, “it warns.

For three consecutive days, the administrators of the city’s private hospital declined to speak to the nation as we sought an explanation as to why the drug failed in violation of MoH guidelines d was administered and sold to Covid-19 patients by other global regulators.

“The CEO is the only one who can explain and he’s gone,” said one official.

Additional coverage from Hellen Shikanda,