The World Health Organisation says ivermectin is not a cure for COVID-19.
The health body made this known in a tweet via the WHO Africa Region’s verified Twitter handle @WHOAFRO on Sunday.
Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug approved for the treatment of parasitic infections, including strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis in humans.
WHO said the drug should only be used to treat parasitic worms, noting that there is no evidence to support the use of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.
“Unproven claims about miracle cures for COVID-19 have been around almost as long as the pandemic itself.
“One of these is Ivermectin, which has been touted as a ‘miracle cure’ for COVID-19.
“Ivermectin has been referenced globally over the past year and has recently resurfaced in Kenya but there’s no evidence to support the use of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.
“Ivermectin approved for human use to treat parasitic worms, but has not yet been approved to prevent or treat COVID-19,” it said.
Culled from PUNCHNG