By SAT News Desk
MELBOURNE, 12 July 2021: Controversial former Liberal MP Kreg Kelly MP, NSW has come under flak about his latest views about the use of Ivermectin, UP Chief Minister Adityanath and his management of CoVID-19 pandemic in India as he being inadequately informed. The Humanism Project, an Indian human rights body in Australia has written to Kreg Kelly expressing concern about his latest outburst on Twitter.
The letter states:
Your views on Ivermectin
The role of Ivermectin in eliminating COVID-19 in lab studies was first postulated in Monash University-led collaborative study accessible here. As evident from the link, Ivermectin was never deemed to be suitable for treating CoVID-19 in humans.
The Australian Department of Health (DoH) notes that there is currently insufficient evidence to support the safe and effective use of ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. You can access the DoH recommendations here.
The DoH recommendations have been validated by the British Medical Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine (accessible here) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendations from US (accessible here)
As evident above, the current evidence based guidelines do not support the use of Ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19
Your views on Chief Minister Adityanath and his management of CoVID -19
This BBC report (accessible here) reported that during the CoVID-19 pandemic, India’s holiest river, the Ganges was swollen with bodies. The Ganges flows through Uttar Pradesh – the state governed by Chief Minister Adityanath
A journalist told the BBC said he believed that many of the bodies were either Covid patients who died at home without a test, or poor people who couldn’t afford a cremation. Another journalist told the BBC the corpses were evidence of massive discrepancy between the Chief Minister Adityanath’s government’s official Covid-19 death figures and the actual numbers on the ground”.
This was also covered in many large national and international news media outlets like ABC (accessible here), Reuters (accessible here) and Washington Post (accessible here)
Chief Minister Adityanath’s gross mismanagement of CoVID -19 therefore caused death and suffering for many Indians.
Chief Minister Adityanath is also known to flaunt his bigotry like a badge of honour and does not disguise his hatred and contempt for Indian Muslims, Christians and other oppressed sections of the Indian Society. He actively promotes Islamophobia and has sought to annihilate the livelihoods of many poor Muslims through his weaponisation of law and the police for overtly majoritarian political ends. This is evident from the article on Chief Minister Adityanath here.
In addition, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF), in its recent briefing on June 21 2020, raised concerns about mosque demolitions, hate speech against minorities in Chief Minister Adityanath state of Uttar Pradesh. You can access the report here.
Your validation of Chief Minister Adityanath and his management of COVID-19 pandemic is therefore deeply hurtful and troubling to many Australian Indians.
As we struggle with the resurgence CoVID-19 epidemic in NSW, we do feel that it is important that we do not support misinformation on CoVID-19. It is also important that we don’t enable leaders who spread bigotry and Islamophobia.
Consequent to the above, could we please ask that you
1. Reconsider your views on Ivermectin and Chief Minister Adityanath’s management of CoVID-19 in India.
2. Reconsider your validation of Chief Minister Adityanath given his deeply troubling background of bigotry and Islamophobia.
3. Consider condemning Chief Minister Adityanath’s assault on religious freedoms in India with particular reference to mosque demolitions, hate speech against Christians, Muslims and his efforts to annihilate the livelihoods of many poor Muslims in his state.
Many thanks for considering our concerns and request above.
– The Humanism Project.
Our open letter to @CraigKellyMP detailing our concerns about his inadequately informed views on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath @myogiadityanath and management of CoVID-19@GladysB @BradHazzard @RyanPark_Keira @ShoebridgeMLC @leerhiannon @ScottMorrisonMP @AlboMP @SenatorWong pic.twitter.com/X9TMhOKLVt
— The Humanism Project (@HumanismProject) July 12, 2021
Mr. Kelly’s Facebook page was taken down after “Mr. Kelly was temporarily banned in February from posting on Facebook, where his MP page had more than 100,000 followers after he continually promoted unproven treatments and theories for COVID-19 contradicted by official government and medical advice. ” says The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH). (https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/craig-kelly-permanently-booted-from-facebook-for-covid-19-misinformation-20210426-p57mg6.html). But he continued to have his personal page.
In a subsequent development, Mr. Kelly resigned from the Liberal party – ” His defection to the crossbench came after a widely publicised clash with Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek in the corridors of Parliament House, where she accused him of spreading “crazy conspiracy theories”, says the SMH story.
A report in the Guardian Australia says, ” After weeks of controversy, Morrison publicly distanced himself from Kelly at the beginning of February, telling parliament the backbencher’s advocacy for unproven Covid therapies did not “align with my views, or the views and the advice that has been provided to me by the chief medical officer”. (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/23/craig-kelly-quits-liberal-party-to-move-to-the-crossbench)
The Australian Government Department of Health website says, ” There is currently insufficient evidence to support the safe and effective use of ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc (either separately, or in combination) for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. More robust, well-designed clinical trials are needed before they could be considered an appropriate treatment option.”
The story will be updated with reactions in India and Australia when they come.