Source: Isabel van Brugen

COVID-19 “medicine kits” containing ivermectin, azithromycin, and vitamins D and C are being distributed in the Indian city of Varanasi as part of measures to prepare for a surge in cases of COVID-19.

A large quantity of the kits was procured from the government by District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma, and distribution in the city began on Jan. 1, said Additional Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sanjay Rai, the Hindustan Times reported.

Varanasi is located in Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India with over 200 million people. The city has an estimated population of over 4.2 million.

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“A total of 874 committees will distribute the kits in rural areas under eight primary health centers in developmental block areas of Varanasi,” Rai said.

He added, “Likewise, monitoring committees of all 90 wards will distribute the COVID medicine kits in urban areas under 24 [primary health centers]. These committees will also distribute the kits in Ramnagar and Gangapur areas.”

The COVID-19 medicine kits are also being made available at other locations in the city, including at seven hospitals, railway stations, bus stands, and a prison, according to the Hindustan Times.