PCEC hopes govt will allow public use of Ivermectin

Published April 20, 2021, 9:02 AM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

With the increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) expressed hope that medical and health authorities will soon allow the public use of the Ivermectin drug which they said has been receiving international and local support as a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19.

“While vaccination is certainly vital in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, PCEC also deems it imperative that adequate attention be given to its prevention and treatment. Specifically, the drug Ivermectin has been said to show promise, so that it has been receiving international and local support as a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19,” Bishop Noel A. Pantoja, PCEC national director, said in a statement dated April 19.

“However, aside from the two hospitals that were granted just this month of April by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) for the limited use of Ivermectin, the drug has remained off-limits to the public,” he added.

“Considering the slow vaccine rollout in our country and the increasing number of infections, PCEC thus calls on our medical and health authorities to very soon allow the public use of Ivermectin, which many health experts believe can help save people’s lives,” said Pantoja.

PCEC, however, stressed that they strongly support the vaccination of eligible and willing members of the society against COVID-19.

The group said they are very much concerned with the misinformation about the vaccines that have been spreading especially thru social media.

“Biblical themes related to the end times are even misused to incite fear and panic among unsuspecting Christian believers,” said Pantoja.

“In view of the difficulties people are already facing in this pandemic, we enjoin our Evangelical constituents not to pay any attention to, or circulate, unfounded ideas that can only add to people’s burdens,” he added.

Pantoja has called on their members to consult only reliable sources and authorities, “so we can address effectively the spread of irresponsible and potentially harmful claims.”