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MOH warns against using Ivermectin to treat covid-19

Reimers Feed Mill and the Ministry of Health have registered concerns that residents may be using Ivermectin, a medication used for livestock, as a possible treatment for Covid-19.

Reimers Feed Mill and the Ministry of Health have registered concerns that residents may be using Ivermectin, a medication used for livestock, as a possible treatment for Covid-19. There were initial reports that the patient who was registered as the twelfth death in Belize was using the medication, but Dr Marvin Manzanero stated that this has not been confirmed.

Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “We only saw the death certificate from the private facility where it was eventually placed that he had SARS COV 2 because you know the diagnosis was made post mortem but I don’t have the particulars of what happened with him prior to arriving to the hospital.”

According to Dr Manzanero, Ivermectin has not been proven to work and should not be used as a prevention measure.

Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “We had gotten the note I believe on Wednesday evening that people had started buying Ivermectin at some of the veterinary places that routinely sell them so I had asked the public health inspector to reach out to BAHA and the veterinarian section to see where we could actually try to stem this to see where the situation was because they control the importation of products for veterinary use. That we saw prompted a release on Saturday from Remier’s Feed Mill and we put a note on it on social media. Two things that are there and I don’t know that people understood what we wrote. The gist of what we were starting to say is that Ivermectin for animal use is not the same thing as for human use so I think that’s the first and the major clarification we were putting on our social media post because we are aware that people started buying the veterinary products and using it for themselves. We’re aware of people injecting it as a prophylaxis medication and we had said a couple of weeks ago ,we reviewed the data last week, that it’s not been proven in vivo to show substantial benefit, invitro it’s a separate matter which means in a lab kind of setting. That’s what we had. We posted that note and now people are trying to post things that come out of websites but we have not found any solid scientific evidence or studies that indicate that it provides substantial benefit of course there’s much things like with hydroxycholorquin but Ivermectin like Hydrochloroquin if it’s not properly used or used as prescribed can have complications of course.”

While Reimers Feed Mill has no control on how customers use the products after purchasing, they are recommending that customers heed the advice of the Ministry of Health.