The Malaysian Government is being irresponsible refusing to lift the ban on Ivermectin despite the increasing number of daily cases and deaths. The excuse that there is insufficient data is weak if not, as more time has passed, quickly progressing to becoming a blatant lie.
It can’t be because of the risk of side effects because vaccines also have been proven to have side effects. Indeed, side effects of vaccines have been severe or fatal in many cases. If WHO and KKM claim the vaccine’s side effects occur only in a small percentage of people vaccinated then the percentage is even lower for those who have taken ivermectin.
Potential side effects of the vaccines aside, their efficacy has been shown to be more or less 50:50 against the highly infectious Delta variant. This is not good enough.
There could be a number of reasons why KKM has not approved ivermectin for prevention (prophylaxis) or treatment of COVID-19.
• Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba is afraid of being expelled from the WHO executive board.
• Despite all the money spent on campaigning and promoting vaccines, people will instead opt for the more effective ivermectin. KJ, especially, will look stupid after trying all kinds of marketing gimmicks such as getting celebrities and athletes to call for people to vaccinate and putting up booths for people to pose for photos with a big sign that says “Saya telah divaksin” so they can post it on the social media.
• The government / KKM are afraid that once they lift the ban, the curve will start to flatten and there will be less hospitalisation and deaths. Why would they be afraid of this? Because they will be criticised by the public that many lives were lost as a result of the ban.
I do not want to go into chemical, biological, biochemical, genetic studies, clinical trials and statistical data and all kinds of scientific/empirical evidence that lead only to endless debate and analysis paralysis. We have seen and heard enough from experts from all fields – from pro-vaccine, anti-vaccine, pro-ivermectin, anti-ivermectin, independent experts, pro ubat cacing, anti ubat haiwan etc etc. Enough lah. After all that, it now comes down to rationale, logic and common sense. And courage.
Never mind the RM5 billion spent on the vaccination programme. What’s done is done. Nobody should blame the government for that. Decisions were made based on available information at the time – and they were in a panic — but now we are very much more well informed. After many decades, ivermectin has not been known to cause harm so what’s different today? There’s nothing to lose but only lives to save. Hardly any downside and immense potential upside. The benefits far outweigh the risks. So, let’s just focus on moving forward.
Here’s how to end the pandemic:
- Lift the ban on ivermectin. Approve it for emergency use for both prevention and early treatment.
- Allow private hospitals and private clinics to administer or prescribe ivermectin to patients.
- Use the vaccination centres and COVID-19 Assessment Centres (CAC) to also optionally administer or supply ivermectin. Preferably FOC but otherwise charge for it.
- Allow public to buy limited amount of ivermectin from pharmacies or authorised online merchants
- Do not force people to vaccinate i.e. don’t impose conditions that you have to be vaccinated to go to designated places e.g. masjid, rentas negeri etc. Vaccination is a primary cause of high number of cases because for a certain time it severely weakens the immunity system and the person can be more susceptible to COVID (or any other disease) even when he is quarantined at home (but people around him can still infect him, even the courier rider). No, I am not anti-vaccine but I simply don’t trust drugs that are unproven (especially the long term effects). Furthermore, the vaccines have not even been approved as a vaccine by WHO but merely approved for emergency use, therefore, ivermectin should also be approved for the same reason i.e. for emergency use.
- Issue a public health advisory notice (on the advice of nutritionists and health experts) on what other ways there are to boost the immunity system e.g. types of food (fruit, greens, garlic, etc), supplements (vitamins etc), natural supplements (habatussauda, garlic capsules etc).
Allow people to choose between the vaccine and ivermectin or in having both.
The above could possibly result in Malaysia being expelled from the WHO executive board but the government will be applauded by the rakyat for their righteous and conscientious stand.
Just do it. Please.
– AA –