In news that came to light this week, the Indian Bar Association (IBA) is suing Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the Chief Scientist at the World Health Organisation (WHO), for allegedly spreading disinformation as to the effectiveness of Ivermectin as a treatment for covid-19.
The association says that on May 25, 2021 she spread disinformation about Ivermectin – via her Twitter account – to “misguid the people of India in order to fulfil her agenda”.
In a press release, Nilesh C. Ojha, National President of the IBA, says its legal notice is based on the research and clinical trials carried out by ‘Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance’ (FLCCC) and the British Ivermectin Recommendation Development (BIRD) Panel, “who have presented enormous data that strengthen the case for recommendation of Ivermectin in prevention and treatment of covid-19”.
“Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has ignored these studies/reports and has deliberately suppressed the data regarding effectiveness of the drug Ivermectin, with an intent to dissuade the people of India from using Ivermectin,” says the IBA statement.
“However, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi have refused to accept her stand and have retained the recommendation for Ivermectin under ‘May Do’ category, for patients with mild symptoms and those in home isolation, as stated in ‘The National Guidelines for COVID-19 management’ last updated on May 17, 2021.”
The IBA says that in order to stop Dr. Soumya Swaminathan from “causing further damage to the life of citizens of this country, IBA has decided to initiate legal action against her and as part of the process, a legal notice has been served upon her.”
The IBA says it served it notice on Dr. Soumya Swaminathan on May 25, 2021.