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Day: July 6, 2020

COVID-19: WHO stops Hydroxychloroquine, HIV Drug Trial

COVID-19: WHO stops Hydroxychloroquine, HIV Drug Trial

NEWS
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has knocked the on-going solidarity trials of hydroxychloroquine and combination of HIV drug, lopinavir/ritonavir on hospitalised COVID-19 patients after they failed to reduce death rates. The global health body cited recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee as the basis for its latest action, noting that the decision does not affect other studies where the drugs are used for non-hospitalised patients. The decision was reached after a review of evidence from all trials presented at the WHO Summit on COVID-19 Research and Innovation held from 1-2 July. According to a statement from the WHO: “These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mor
EU Approves Remdesivir For COVID-19 Treatment

EU Approves Remdesivir For COVID-19 Treatment

Coronavirus, NEWS
The European Union on Friday approved the use of remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19. It is the first drug to be used to treat severe cases of COVID-19 in the European Union. The EU’s Health Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, said the union would leave no stone unturned in its efforts to secure efficient treatments or vaccine against the coronavirus. “It is the first time the EU’s Executive arm has granted the approval to a COVID-19 drug and was the last step for remdesivir to be given the full go-ahead,” Kyriakides said. This decision follows a recommendation from the European Medicines Agency, which said that the drug, sold under the name Veklury, should be approved for treating COVID-19 patients over the age of 12 who requires supplemental oxygen. Remdesivir, manufactured
NCDC BEGINS ONLINE COVID-19 TRAINING FOR HEALTH WORKERS

NCDC BEGINS ONLINE COVID-19 TRAINING FOR HEALTH WORKERS

Coronavirus, NEWS
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in partnership with eHealth Africa has launched an Infection Prevention and Control online course for health care workers. Based on the information on the agency’s website, the aim is to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases across the country. “To ensure that IPC training, knowledge and information is easily accessible to all who need it, the IPC Unit of the NCDC, with technical assistance from eHealth Africa, has developed a COVID-19 IPC online course. “The course features modules on standard and transmission-based precautions, use of personal protective equipment and other essential aspects of infection control in healthcare. “A certificate of participation will also be awarded at the end of the course b
COVID-19: 212,326 People Diagnose in a Day, Says WHO

COVID-19: 212,326 People Diagnose in a Day, Says WHO

Coronavirus, NEWS
Barely two weeks after the director general of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the world has entered a ‘dangerous’ phase and that the speed of COVID-19 is accelerating, a staggering 212,326 people were diagnosed worldwide with the infectious disease on July 4, 2020, according to the world health body. The United States of America, recorded 25 per cent of the cases with 53, 213 more positive tests, followed by Brazil with 48,105; India, 22,771, and South Africa, 9,000. The figure which is a new record was an 11 per cent rise on the previous record of 190,566, set on June 28, when the 10 million milestones were attained. Also on 4th June, the total number of cases rose to 11.3 million, an indication that more than 1.3 million people were diagnose