A health policy expert at the Free Market Foundation says it “doesn’t make sense” that the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin is banned in South Africa; and by denying South Africans the right to acquire the so-called ‘miracle drug’ themselves, the government is in breach of the Constitution, Biz News reported.
Eustace Davie pointed out that Ivermectin is not registered for human use in South Africa and there are reports of people resorting to the veterinary version, with a black market developing as a result.
He says the drug has been found, in the laboratory, to inhibit the replication of the virus that causes Covid-19.
According to a recent meta-analysis presented by the University of Liverpool’s Dr. Andrew Hill – which featured 11 randomized trials in 1452 patients – Ivermectin treatment was associated with:
- Faster time to viral clearance.
- Shorter duration of hospitalization.
- 43% higher rates of clinical recovery.
- 83% improvement in survival rates.
- Furthermore, the low cost of manufacturing the drug is also a major benefit raised by the researchers
Been around for a long time
Davie said he was “puzzled” when he became aware that Ivermectin had been banned in South Africa because it’s a drug that’s been around for a long time.
“This drug has been used extensively in Africa, mainly through the agency of the WHO under a scheme called APOC (African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control).”
Davie said Ivermectin has been “used for all sorts of things” and on a huge scale, citing the “achievements” reported by APOC.
“100,8 million people being regularly treated with Ivermectin. Twenty-two countries reported that the distribution of Ivermectin was carried out by 697,921 community-directed distributors. More than 1,8 billion Ivermectin tablets produced and delivered to the communities. More than 522 million treatments provided to communities between 1997 and 2012.“
“The number of infected persons was reduced, from 39,9 million to 15,7 million. A reduction of 24,2 million infected people.”
“Now, this is just remarkable. How our Health Department and the products regulatory authority did not know about this, I do not know, Davie said, BizNews reported.
Is Ivermectin safe?
“All I did was go to the WHO and found all this information, telling us that this drug is safe. That’s the first thing. They are talking about requiring clinical trials. The one thing they don’t have to check on is safety. Millions of people have been treated with it.”
“The World Health Organisation wouldn’t go and poison a lot of people in Africa… They were saving them from a dreadful disease.”
Davie said desperate South Africans are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and urgently need treatment for people who get Covid-19.
The Free Market Foundation’s health policy expert said he is convinced that Ivermectin is safe.
“Well, to my mind, the question is, is the drug safe? Yes. It is a safe drug to use in South Africa.”
Government in breach of Constitution
“I think it’s unconstitutional for the Department of Health to prevent people from buying the drug for themselves and treating themselves. They’re not going to kill themselves. They might get a bit ill if they react to the drug.”
But our Constitution says that everyone has the right to freedom and security of the person. It’s their business. What they take to keep themselves healthy and it clearly includes the right not to be deprived of freedom arbitrarily. People in South Africa are being deprived of their freedom. They’re deprived of their freedom to use a very amazing drug – it has been called a miracle drug – to save themselves and get themselves healthy.”