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News18 Evening Digest: WHO Recommends Ivermectin Only for Clinical Trials, Maha Govt to Treat Covid 'Black Fungus' Patients Free of Cost and Other Top Stories

Patients suffering from the coronavirus disease get treatment at a hospital. (Image: Reuters)

Patients suffering from the coronavirus disease get treatment at a hospital. (Image: Reuters)

Here are the stories we are covering this evening: Widely Used in India, WHO Recommends Ivermectin Only For Clinical Trials, Not Treatment of Covid; Maharashtra Says It Will Treat Patients of Covid 'Black Fungus' Free of Cost, Cap Medicine Price; 'Begin Production on War Footing': Kejriwal to Centre on Looming Vaccine Shortage; Rahul Gandhi Will be Remembered for Duplicity and Pettiness, Writes JP Nadda in Letter to Sonia Gandhi; India vs Sri Lanka 2021: Rahul Dravid Could Coach Team India, Shikhar Dhawan Potential Captain: Report.

Widely Used in India, WHO Recommends Ivermectin Only For Clinical Trials, Not Treatment of Covid

The World Health Organization on Tuesday recommended against the general use of ‘Ivermectin’ - a widely used drug in India for treating parasitic infections - for treatment of COVID-19 patients. A similar warning has also been issued by German healthcare and life sciences giant Merck. Merck said its scientists continue to “carefully examine findings of all available and emerging studies of ‘ivermectin’ for treatment of COVID-19". Read More

Maharashtra Says It Will Treat Patients of Covid ‘Black Fungus’ Free of Cost, Cap Medicine Price

Public Health minister Rajesh Tope said the Maharashtra state government would bear the cost of treatment of the ‘black fungus’ or mucormycosis that is being seen in recovering Covid-19 patients in Maharashtra. The state will be looking to fund the expenditures under its medical insurance scheme, ‘Mahatma Phule Jan Aarogya Yojana,’ which currently encompasses 1,000 hospitals. It also mentioned that it would be looking into capping the price on Amphotericin B, the expensive anti-fungal drug used to treat the ‘black fungus.’ Read More

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Rahul Gandhi Will be Remembered for Duplicity and Pettiness, Writes JP Nadda in Letter to Sonia Gandhi

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India vs Sri Lanka 2021: Rahul Dravid Could Coach Team India, Shikhar Dhawan Potential Captain: Report

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