COVID-19: Cong, Goa health minister clash on move to give Ivermectin tablets

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Panaji, May 24 (PTI) Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane and state Congress chief Girish Chodankar on Monday engaged in a war of words over the decision to administer Ivermectin tablets to those above 18 as part of a prophylaxis treatment to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Chodankar during the day tweeted that the move on the part of the Pramod Sawant government was a 'scam', leading to Rane hitting back saying the Goa Congress needed 'better fact-checking tools'.

'Ivermectin 'Scam from Scam by @BJP4Goa Government's @goacm @DrPramodPSawant and Health Minister @visrane. After @INCGoa warning against use of said tablets without clinical trials as per @WHO guidelines, Rs 22.50 crores #Ivermectin tablets disappeared. #Golmaal exposed,' Chodankar tweeted.

“It looks like the Congress party needs better fact-checking tools. @WHO shares broad guidelines, countries/states have been given the flexibility to evolve and make their own set of treatment protocols. Prophylaxis treatment has been recommended by a group of experts,' Rane replied on Twitter.

Rane said several other governments were following Goa's Ivermectin move and invited Chodankar to a debate on the issue. PTI RPS BNM BNM BNM