Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
21 Jul 2021
4:20 am

Ivermectin: Killer drug or miracle cure?

Brian Sokutu

Sceptical about the impact of ivermectin, Dr Emmanuel Taban, a pulmonologist at the Mediclinic Midstream in Midrand, has claimed that two out of every three patients being admitted at the hospital were taking ivermectin.

Ivermectin has proved ineffective against Covid-19, according to multiple studies and trials. Photo: Gallo Images/Ziyaad Douglas

As third wave-driven Covid is set to intensify in the coming weeks in South Africa, the use of ivermectin as a drug to cure the globally spreading virus has been brought back to the mix. Yesterday, SA Medical Association president Dr Angelique Coetzee yesterday conceded the subject has divided the medical profession into two. While some have championed its use, others have levelled criticism at the drug, claiming ivermectin – meant for animals – offered no benefits to humans. Two people pushing the pro-ivermectin campaign – Cape Town-based family physician Dr EV Rapiti and Dr Pinky Ngcakani-Ncula of Port Elizabeth...