Long lines form each morning in one of the Bolivian cities, triggering an epidemic of coronovirus as desperate people wait to buy small bottles of chlorine dioxide, a toxic bleaching agent known as Kovid-19 and numerous other diseases. Falsely stated as a treatment.
The Boliba Health Ministry raced in Cochabamba City to buy a disinfectant known to harm ingesters even after warning of its dangers, and said that after taking chlorine dioxide in the capital in La Baz at least Fewer five people were poisoned. .
“The Ministry of Health cannot afford to recommend anything that has no scientific basis,” said Miguel Engel Delgado, a senior ministry official.
However, Bolivia’s opposition-controlled Congress is promoting the use of chlorine dioxide. Last week, the Senate approved a bill authorizing the emergency “manufacture, marketing, supply and use of chlorine dioxide solutions for the prevention and treatment of coronovirus.”
The bill would require the approval of interim President Jeanine whoñez, who is in quarantine after testing positive for the coronary virus. He has been impeached by opposition MPs loyal to Evo Morales, a former MP who was forced to resign last year after a disputed election.
Many fearful residents in Cochabamba, where opposition support is strong, are trying chlorine dioxide. Cochabamba has recorded 440 deaths from Kovid-19, or one-quarter of total deaths in Bolivia. The actual toll is believed to be higher.
“I’m scared. I’ll have to try it,” said 34-year-old teacher Andrés Poma, who suspects that if he becomes ill, health services may improve. “What am I going to do? Wait to die at the hospital door or at the door of my house? “
Provincial health officials reported 10 cases of poisoning with chlorine dioxide last week.
Cochabamba State Governor Esther Soria said she supports the plan of a state law authorizing the use of chlorine dioxide and conventional medicine to treat Kovid-19. The Mayor of Cochabamba, Jose Maria Leyes, said he favored the free delivery of bleaching agents to treat patients.
But Fernando Rengel, president of the Scientific Association of Cochabamba, said there are outdated beliefs that the toxin is “miraculous” and cures cancer, AIDS, malaria and other diseases, “but there is no scientific study that proves it Cures any disease ”.
Chlorine dioxide is one of several counterfeit treatments that have received a boost, often online by fringe groups, ever since the epidemic began.
In April, a federal judge in South Florida ordered Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, a Colombia-based group, to stop selling the related product, Miracle Mineral Solution, in the US. Prosecutors said Genesis marketed the solution as a treatment for Kovid-19, autism and other diseases.
The US Food and Drug Administration has previously issued a public warning that MMS can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and severe dehydration.
In April, Donald Trump noted whether the discharge could be injected or prompted to fight the Kovid-19, causing an acute setback to doctors and other health officials.