Peru: University students produce ivermectin for COVID-19 patients

09:34 | Chiclayo (Lambayeque region), Jul. 11.

Specialists and students from the Faculty of Chemistry and Food Industries at Pedro Ruiz Gallo National University, located in the northern city of Chiclayo, have started to produce ivermectin (10 ml drops), which will be distributed free of charge throughout the region to treat COVID-19 patients.

Lambayeque Region Health Manager Victor Echeandia arrived at the educational institution to verify the production of the medicine, which will be delivered to citizens through rapid response teams and some first-level health establishments that will be expanding their services progressively.

The delivery of ivermectin will be made through brigades, and —above all— it will be available at health facilities.

"First of all, I want to thank Pedro Ruiz Gallo National University, which is supporting us in the production of ivermectin with the necessary doses for each patient. It will begin with 1,000 daily doses to be given to our patients who require medical attention because of the COVID-19 pandemic," Echeandia explained.

He also reported that —thanks to the raw material available to date— a total production of 30,000 doses of the drug is planned, and the necessary supplies will continue to be provided with the aim of maintaining the production levels and meeting the needs of the entire population that requires it for free.

"The delivery will be made through the brigades and, above all, at health establishments, where staff must detect the cases and assess whether they are mild, so that they (patients) can start treatment with ivermectin and the other drugs that can be used for this type of cases. This way, we prevent people from developing more severe forms of the disease," he said.

Lastly, he thanked and congratulated the 16 students who are voluntarily working hard on the production of the medicine, under the supervision of professionals from the Executive Directorate of Medicines, Drugs and Supplies, and the faculty dean Cesar Monteza.


Published: 7/11/2020