A widely-circulated police report has shown a complaint against Health Minister (HM) Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Health Director-General (D-G) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
The complaint, which has since gone viral on social media, was lodged by a 61-year-old contractor at the Pengerang police station in Johor last Thursday.
In the complaint, the man accused HM and D-G of criminal conduct by allegedly refusing to utilise Ivermectin as medication for high-risk COVID-19 patients.
Ivermectin is used to treat many types of parasite infestations, particularly in the veterinary field. In humans, it is used to treat infestations such as head lice, scabies and river blindness. Studies and case series have resulted in Ivermectin’s efficacy to inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the novel virus that causes COVID-19 illness. Several countries, including India, Brazil, and parts of Latin America, have approved the usage of Ivermectin for high-risk COVID-19 patients.
The complainant in Johor claimed Ivermectin could have saved Malaysian patients. Disuse of Ivermectin, according to the complainant, could be considered a crime.
Dr Hisham has said that the clinical trials for Ivermectin are still on-going and as of now, there is still insufficient evidence of its effectiveness to treat COVID-19.
The police report will be referred to the Ministry of Health for further action.