Health Authorities in Varanasi Continue to Use Ivermectin-based Home Health Kits to Control COVID-19 Ongoing

With about 1.5 million inhabitants, the city of Varanasi in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is following the exact same public health program that helped the entire state successfully turn around the last Delta variant-driven SARS-CoV-2 surge last summer. TrialSite was the only Western medical research-focused media platform systematically chronicling the success in Uttar Pradesh as the public health agencies sent out teams of health care workers armed with testing equipment and home medicine kits that included Ivermectin. These groups were so successful that even the World Health Organization (WHO) praised the effort—but we reminded all they omitted the ivermectin detail, shamefully. For a summary of that effort, follow the link. Now the Varanasi city government and associated COVID-19 monitoring committees have procured large amounts of COVID-19 medicines for the city to include in medicine kits for distribution across the city. The medical kits vary depending on the demographic cohort but include ivermectin. The public health agencies in this part of India did a notable job turning around the pandemic. Presently cares are under control, but SARS-CoV-2 does surface. In fact, Varanasi reports 21 new cases of COVID-19. Although for a city of 1.5 million this is a small actual number of new infections, authorities here continue to seek to control this pandemic via the method that worked so well last year. Currently, approximately 45% of the Uttar Pradesh population is vaccinated. Importantly when the health authorities here turned around the pandemic last summer under 5% were vaccinated. TrialSite reports that recent India media entries from Hindustan Times and others report that Kaushal Raj Sharma, District Magistrate for the city reports 874 committees have been organized for a massive outreach effort across the city to ensure the pandemic remains under control. They have set up 84 committees to distribute the home medicine kits across eight primary health centers. The effort includes 90 wards and covers regions including Ramnagar and Gangapur in this far north part of India. What are in the Medicine Kits? The COVID-19 medicine kits include various medicines based on the age of the cohort. They are segmented by the following: Age Group Medicine Kit Contents Birth to 1 year paracetamol drops, ORS and multivitamin drops 1-5 year paracetamol drops, ORS and multivitamin drops 5 to 12 years paracetamol tablets, Ivermectin 6 mg and Vitamin B complex 12 year & up Azithromycin 500, Ivermectin 12 mg, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin B complex and paracetamol tablets Following Protocol Other protocols remain in place even though cases are way down. For example, health authorities here emphasize the importance of the wearing of face masks, frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer, and the social distancing of two yards when and where possible. What about Vaccination? The COVID-19 home kits are not seen as competitive or disruptive to vaccination processes. For example, with about 45% of the Uttar Pradesh population vaccinated Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sandip Chaudhary reports, “Vaccination will be done at 529 centers in the district on January 3. This facility will be available for people between 15 and 18 years of age.” He said that slots had been opened for a week from 8pm on Saturday and beneficiaries would be able to get the vaccination from 10am.” He emphasized that the health authorities are using a portal to register and schedule people at various vaccine centers, which include a local stadium, a university, and a marketplace.

With about 1.5 million inhabitants, the city of Varanasi in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is following the exact same public health program that helped the entire state successfully turn around the last Delta variant-driven SARS-CoV-2 surge last summer. TrialSite was the only Western medical research-focused media platform systematically chronicling the success in Uttar Pradesh, as the public health agencies sent out teams of healthcare workers armed with testing equipment and home medicine kits that included ivermectin. These groups were so successful that even the World Health Organization (WHO) praised the effort—but we reminded all they omitted the ivermectin detail, shamefully. For a summary of that effort, follow the link. Now, the Varanasi city government and associated COVID-19 monitoring committees have procured large amounts of COVID-19 medicines for the city to include in medicine kits for distribution across the city. The medical kits vary depending on the demographic cohort but include ivermectin. 

The public health agencies in this part of India did a notable job turning around the pandemic. Presently, cases are under control, but SARS-CoV-2 does surf...

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