The World Health Organization (who) says its resuming trial of hydroxychloroquine, to combat the deadly coronavirus, after temporarily halting research over safety concerns. The Data Safety Monitoring Board decided there was no reason to discontinue the international trial after reviewing available data on the drug, Director-General of the global health agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference Wednesday at the agency’s Geneva headquarters. “The executive group received this recommendation and endorsed the continuation of all arms of solidarity trial including hydroxychloroquine,” he said. On May 25, WHO announced it had temporarily suspended its trial of the drug over safety concerns. The announcement came days after a study published in medical journal T
Taking hydroxychloroquine shortly after being exposed to COVID-19 does not help prevent infection in a statistically meaningful way, scientists reported Wednesday following a clinical trial. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had recently suspended its planned solidarity trial across the world with the malarial medicine but some member countries insisted on going ahead with clinical trial of the medicine. But an experiment involving 821 people across the United States and Canada showed it did not work significantly better than a placebo for this purpose according to Associated Press. The study was led by a team at the University of Minnesota, and their paper was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers enrolled adults who had come into ...
The Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr Chikwe Ihekeazu Tuesday in Abuja said that 83 per cent of new COVID-19 cases currently being recorded in Nigeria are contacts of existing cases. Updating journalists with facts and figures at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, the NCDC boss revealed that 812 healthcare workers with 29 of them working with his agency have been infected by the disease but he however vowed that 37 response teams made up of over 450 workers deployed across the country are not deterred to support the response efforts being undertaking by them. According to him, over 40,000 pieces of complete personal protective equipment (PPE’s) have so far been distributed across the country even as he disclosed th
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 says Nigeria is yet to reach the peak of the deadly disease infections. Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); Boss Mustapha disclosed this at the COVID-19 daily news conference on Monday in Abuja. Mustapha disclosed that it was necessary to restate to the citizenry that Nigeria had not reached the peak of confirmed cases; adding that the battle against COVID-19 was a long term battle. Further, he urged Nigerians to pursue a strategy that would aid the sustainable control of the spread of COVID-19; stressing that risk communications and community engagement should remain top priority. The PTF Chairman added that precision approach to containment and management should be adopted; based on the overal
The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN), has assured licensed pharmacists operating in the country of the council’s determination to bring an end to the harassment of its members on official duties by security operatives across the country. PCN Registrar, Dr Elijah Mohammed said in a statement released today in Abuja that the regulatory body of pharmacists in the country is concerned about the harassment and as a result it has decided to re-produce identification cards of all registered and licensed pharmacists in Nigeria free of charge to mitigate future occurrence. He expressed delight on the professional conduct of its member’s especially in delivering exceptional service as well as in striving to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. ‘’The PCN is particularly delighted a
In a phone call, the head of the UN’s World Health Organisation commended Madagascar’s efforts against the coronavirus pandemic, according to the nation’s president. Recently President Andry Rajoelina took to Twitter to say he had a successful talk with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and that the WHO will sign a confidentiality clause on the formulation of Covid Organics (CVO) – a herbal beverage Rajoelina has claimed could prevent or cure the virus – and will support clinical observations in Africa. His comments came a few days after WHO’s Africa head said they are in touch with Madagascar over CVO. ''We have offered to support the design of a study to look into this product,'' Matshidiso Moeti said. The Indian Ocean nation has as at the time of writing, confirmed 371 COVID-19 cases, with
In what appears to be a major focus of containment of COVID-19 in the second phase of easing lockdown expected to be announced today, the Federal Government has indicated that it is desirous to hand over the battle to states and communities. Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said on Sunday that the Federal Government will henceforth only provide supervision and coordination. Mustapha, who is also the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), spoke at the State House Abuja after members of the PTF briefed President Muhammadu Buhari and discussed their recommendations on the next phase of the battle. With him at the briefing were Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire; National Coordinator of the PTF Dr. Sani Aliyu; Director-...
Two Nigerian doctoral candidates at the Michigan Technological University in the United States have launched a major pioneering research into the novel coronavirus pandemic. Mujeeb Shittu and his colleague, Femi Afolami, both PhD candidates in Biochemistry and Biological Science respectively co-authored this research .In their article, they explained how COVID-19 can be treated with the combination of hydroxychloquine and zinc supplement. The putative mechanism by which zinc can improve the activity of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine (HCQ/CQ) in the management of Covid-19 was stated. Explaining the implications of the research, Shittu said “Zinc is referred to as an essential trace element because it is required in small amount for human health, since our bodies does not st
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), says it is partnering Bloom Public Health to facilitate the home grown solutions to solving the COVID-19 epidemic in the country. NIPRD said in a statement that the partnership will further strengthen its capacity on research and development of pharmaceuticals to ensure the availability of quality medicines to all Nigeria during and post covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, it said that Bloom will serve as NIPRD’s technical partner for accessing and implementing donor funded initiatives to enhance NIPRD’s impact in Nigeria. The CEO, Bloom Public Health, Professor Chimezie Anyakora speaking on the development said, “Covid19 pandemic amplifies the urgent need to strengthen the Nigerian Pharmaceutical sector and N
Three months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in sub-Saharan Africa, the region has made progress in tackling the virus. Many countries implemented lockdowns and key public health measures early, and these appeared to have helped slow down the spread of the disease. However, there are concerns that if these measures are relaxed too quickly, COVID-19 cases could start increasing rapidly. Thirteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa implemented lockdowns along with other public health and social measures nation-wide, while 10 more instigated partial lock-downs in hot-spots. Preliminary analysis by the World Health Organization found that the doubling time – the number of days for case numbers to double in a given country – increased during the lock-down period in m
European governments should not cut healthcare spending during the current economic crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and associated lock downs, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday. “We are concerned that countries will respond to this crisis in the same way they did to the recession 10 years ago… by cutting public spending on health,” WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, told a press conference. “Those cuts prevented many people from accessing the healthcare that they needed.” According to WHO Europe, public spending on healthcare per capita fell in about half of European countries between 2008 and 2013. Healthcare needs that could not be met increased in 19 of 28 EU countries, with three million more people affected in 2013 than in 2008, the
The Director General of Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has confirmed the longest viability period of the Corona-virus in patients is 10 days, as recently reported from a new study by infectious diseases experts in Singapore. Ihekweazu, disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force media briefing on Wednesday in Abuja while responding to questions. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Singapore study shows that COVID-19 patients are no longer infectious after 11 days of getting sick even though some may still test positive. “A positive test does not equate to infectiousness or viable virus,” a joint research paper by Singapore’s National Center for Infectious Diseases and the Academy of Medicine Singapore said. The virus “could not be isolat
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) Wednesday in Abuja said that three out of numerous claims of local COVID-19 cure have been deemed worthy of further evaluation and the claims have already been forwarded to relevant agencies for further studies. Minister of state for Health, Dr Olorunimbe Mamora who made the revelation during the daily briefing of PTF disclosed that a meeting involving scientists, herbalists, and relevant government agencies were held last week to appraise the journey so far in the quest to get local solution to the deadly virus. Mamora said that the meeting was well attended by stakeholders even as he pointed out that issue of confidentiality agreement between researchers and herbalists came up in the course of the meeting and was amicably resolved...
The French Government Wednesday banned the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the country with Hydroxychloroquine. The ban came on the heels of the World Health Organization (WHO) suspension of its planned solidarity trial with the malaria drug across the world. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus director general of WHO had earlier said that "hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are accepted as generally safe for use in patients with autoimmune diseases or malaria" while announcing a "temporary pause" on the use of the drug. However, some nations including Brazil said it would not change its recommendation to treat COVID-19 infection with regard to hydroxychloroquine despite the WHO's directive. US President Donald Trump has touted hydroxychloroquine as a wonder drug to treat patients as
The United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has hailed the push to create a corona-virus vaccine and make it globally available, but warned against allowing copyright rows to overshadow and delay the process "What we need in the first place here is innovation," Francis Gurry, the head of the agency, told reporters in a virtual briefing. World Health Organization (WHO) member states last week adopted a resolution recognizing that extensive immunization against COVID-19 would be a "global public good", and pushing for any vaccine to be equitably and fairly distributed to all. According to Associated Press some member countries of the WHO, including South Africa, are calling for any vaccine against the novel corona-virus to be patent-free. But that idea has ...