The state health department here in this eastern Indian state called Odisha strongly recommended procuring 720,000 ivermectin doses for those infected with SARS-CoV-2 currently in home isolation. Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) edict to only use the generic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug for clinical trials. India has bucked the trend of the West and has included ivermectin in its national COVID-19 treatment guidelines. What the press is censoring across the board is the dramatic impact the population-wide ivermectin program appears to be having in Uttar Pradesh. The state issued an aggressive population-wide ivermectin home health program that appears to be effective. As reported by TrialSite, Ivermectin was included in the national COVID-19 treatment guidelines by April 22, 2021, and shortly after, Uttar Pradesh instituted a population-wide Ivermectin-based program. What’s the impact? The apex of new daily cases at 33,531 occurred on April 26. Since then, there’s been a steady decline, and while TrialSite cannot prove that ivermectin is the direct cause of this decline, it’s certainly the case that the decline corresponds with the mass ivermectin program. By May 9, the new cases were down to 23,175 in one day; and just days later on May 12, the estimated count was 18,023. Since the state instituted the Ivermectin program, a steep, precipitous drop in COVID-19 cases has been recorded, according to data from the COVID-19 Data Repository by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. Odisha hasn’t had a broad-based ivermectin program but seeks to change that now.
Odisha State Situation
With about 44 million people, this eastern state of India has a very different situation than that of Uttar Pradesh. Rather than a decline in cases, the state recorded 10,649 new cases on May 12, the most on record. Thus far, the death rate has been quite low with the great majority of people surviving. For example, on May 12, the total number of deaths equaled 19, the highest for this second wave in the state.
Health Department Recommendation
Now the state’s health department officials presented to chief minister Shri Naveen Patnaik and senior government representatives that a technical committee led by Director Medical Education and Training (DMET) recommended the use of Ivermectin for patients in home isolation, reports the Times of India.