Local scientists eye clinical trial of Ivermectin



With local cases of the pandemic shooting up and healthcare facilities reaching their limits, pressure is mounting on Botswana to establish its own study on the drug’s potential to treat the virus. As Botswana and other African countries remain at the back of the global queue for COVID-19 vaccines, attention is shifting to the search for treatment options for the virus.

Dr Gaonyadiwe Mokone, a founding member of the Botswana COVID-19 Ivermectin Intervention Group (BCIIG) told Mmegi that discussions are ongoing with the Health Ministry towards supporting a local clinical trial to establish whether Ivermectin can be used in treating COVID-19. “The elephant in the room is funding because clinical trials are very expensive,” he said yesterday.

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Urgent call: Stop the killing!

The previous week, we had an article about a police officer shooting his wife, and turning the gun on himself, whilst he died, his wife survived and is still in the hospital.Sadly that was not the only article we carried on intimate partner killings. There was the Francistown case, where a young woman allegedly stabbed her ‘former boyfriend’ and many others which were reported throughout the week.As all the reports were coming in, a Botswana...

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