- SAHPRA has revealed that they will allow the use of the medication Ivermectin as a treatment method for Covid-19
- According to the chief executive, Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela, they hope that the medication will be used correctly
- Health experts say that it could possibly be an effective form of treatment for the virus and it is low in costs
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has declared that they will allow the use of the medication Ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19. The authority has said that they will highlight all the necessary processes in the next few days.
“We at SAHPRA have considered all of this, and the approach that we will be taking going forward is that we will facilitate a controlled access programme for Ivermectin," they said in a statement.
The authority said that deciding to do this does not mean that they have not considered the lack of evidence that the medication will work.
According to the chief executive of the authority, Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela, they hope that the product will be used correctly and not be used on the black market.
“It’s important to note that SAHPRA has listened and heard what people have been saying about Ivermectin. The programme will be open to all patients," she said.
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit South Africa hard and with the second-wave being underway, measures have to be taken to try and treat the virus.
According to Dr Pierre Kory, a critical care specialist at Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center, the treatment is safe and is low in costs.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Alan Winde called on President Ramaphosa to ease the ban on booze and beaches. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has now called upon President Cyril Ramaphosa to convene a special President's Coordinating Council meeting.
This request was contained in a letter sent to the President, detailing his proposals for some lockdown restriction amendments.
Among other things, Winde has called for the ban on beaches and public spaces to be lifted, the curfew amended and the sale of liquor for possible offsite consumption granted for certain days.
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