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Medical community urged to unite



Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has called on medical experts, health advocates, and government officials to work together to come up with safe, effective and science-driven viable solutions to address the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The senator noted that while he welcomed the initiatives of various sectors who expressed willingness to share their expertise and contribute to the collective efforts against the pandemic, he reminded them to cooperate with the government as it continues to adopt a whole-of-nation approach in dealing with various issues.

Go also lauded the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte and concerned government agencies to initiate clinical trials for the use of Ivermectin, along with other related drugs, in order to determine its safety and efficacy in preventing and combating Covid-19.

He stressed that given the hardships caused by the pandemic, Filipinos are in need of alternative options to protect themselves and their loved ones from sickness.

To recall, Department of Science and Technology (DoST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the trials will provide health officials with a “more reliable estimate of the effects of Ivermectin as an anti-viral agent in mild and moderate patients.”

Go previously urged health officials to thoroughly assess varying views and facilitate a scientific study on the possible uses, side effects and risks of Ivermectin as a potential medication for treating Covid-19 in accordance with the law.

“Let me clarify that I am not advocating for the use of any specific drug. We have regulatory processes in place that must be followed to protect the welfare of the public,” Go said.

“However, we must keep an open mind so that Filipinos can be given access to any drug that may help prevent or cure Covid-19 as long as it has undergone the right process and is scientifically proven safe and effective,” he added.