WHO scientist in dock for opposing Ivermectin’s use for Covid-19 cure

FPJ BureauUpdated: Wednesday, June 02, 2021, 01:34 AM IST
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New Delhi

A 51-page legal notice was served on Geneva-based Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organisation chief scientist by the Mumbai-based Indian Bar Association, a lawyers’ forum, for opposing use of Ivermectin for treating Covid patients.

It has threatened to prosecute her “under sections 302, 304 (II), 88, 120 (B) and 34 and other provisions of IPC and under Disaster Management Act, 2005, in the appropriate courts of law having jurisdiction for each death caused due to your act of commission and omission.”

The notice by IBA’s legal cell head Dipali N Ojha on May 25, having her office in Fort, Mumbai, has taken exception to many statements of Dr Swaminathan, including her tweet on May 10 against use of the Ivermectin drug for Covid-19, except within clinical trials.

It says her tweet came soon after the announcement that day by Goa’s health minister to give the oral drub Ivermectin to the population of the state to bring down the mortality. The notice questions her for posting the twe­et in her official capacity as the WHO’s chief scientist.

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