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Day: 26 August 2020

Chloroquine Kills Coronavirus in Early Stage, says NAFDAC DG

Chloroquine Kills Coronavirus in Early Stage, says NAFDAC DG

Coronavirus, NEWS
Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye on Tuesday stated that pieces of evidence from reliable researches and reports showed that Chloroquine can kill COVID-19 virus at the early stage. She stated that Remdesivir, made by Gilead Sciences Inc, has also been shown to kill the virus at late stages. The NAFDAC boss, however, noted that the cost for treating people with chloroquine was way cheaper than with Remdesivir. Remdesivir cost $2,500 to treat an average patient and Chloroquine is $10. She also noted that countries in West Africa like Ghana, Togo, and Senegal have also embraced the clinical use of Chloroquine for treatment. Prof. Adeyeye spoke on Tuesday during a virtual news conference in Abu...
COVID-19 Vaccine will be Accessible to all Countries –WHO

COVID-19 Vaccine will be Accessible to all Countries –WHO

Coronavirus, NEWS
The World Health Organisation on Tuesday said it is working to ensure that when a proven safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is available, it will be accessible to all countries. The WHO’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus disclosed this during the live virtual session of the 70th WHO Regional Committee for Africa. Ghebreyesus said the organisation has been working round the clock since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that African countries now have a preparedness and response plan in place. The WHO chief added that the African continent is facing a health crisis unlike any before. “Our continent is facing a health crisis unlike any we have faced before. “Yesterday, we crossed 1 million reported cases in the region, with more than 20,000 deaths.
BREAKING: WHO Certifies Africa Wild Polio-Free

BREAKING: WHO Certifies Africa Wild Polio-Free

Health Issues, NEWS
The World Health Organisation has certified the African region polio-free. The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission, responsible for certifying the eradication of wild poliovirus in the WHO African Region, made its final decision about the region’s wild poliovirus – free status on Tuesday. Africa’s wild polio-free status was determined based on the field verification visits over the past year and on the critical analysis of the documentation of the polio surveillance, immunization and laboratory capacity presented by the governments of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria and South Sudan. In August 2019, the African Region became eligible to be certified free of wild poliovirus, after Nigeria, the last wild poliovirus endemic country, recorded no new cases t