Saint Lucia Dermatologist, Herbalist, and Integrative Health Care Specialist, Dr. Gilbertha St Rose, currently at the centre of a controversy over the use of the drug Ivermectin to treat COVID-19, is standing her ground, confident that she will be vindicated.
Summoned to appear before the Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Council on October 13 to respond to charges of ‘professional misconduct’, the physician, through her attorney, has requested specifics from the Council regarding its allegations.
In an interview broadcast Wednesday night by HTS Evening News, St Rose expressed the view that there’s a seat at the policy level for an Integrative Health Specialist.
“Absolutely. Losing out big time from March last year. You know I was disappointed, and I went in my corner. I discovered – well, we have been using the herbs to try to prevent it, but they didn’t want to hear. I discovered Ivermectin; I brought it to them – they didn’t want to hear. But now we’ve come to the point where they want to penalise me and execute me for using it? Hello, they’ve gone too far,” St Rose declared.
“I’m a peacemaker, but there’s a time for fighting,” she asserted.
St Rose thanked the people who have been supporting her, explaining that they are also helping themselves because what she has been doing is not only for herself but for ‘our people’
“We want peace; we want dialogue. Let’s discover what’s best for us,” St Rose told HTS News.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the current evidence on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients is inconclusive and until more data is available, WHO recommends that the drug only be used within clinical trials.