COVID-19: WHO Makes U-Turn On Usage Of Hydroxychloroquine For Treatment

COVID-19: WHO Makes U-Turn On Usage Of Hydroxychloroquine For Treatment


The World Health Organisation WHO, has rescinded its earlier decision, banning the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of Covid-19 globally.

The global health body which has faced serious criticism over the management of the novel Coronavirus hinged its latest decision on safety data which has gone through review mechanism by the Solidarity Trial Data Safety Monitoring Committee.

Recall that WHO had announced the temporary suspension of the use of the drug in an ongoing trail.

It had stated that there was no clinical evidence that the drug is successful in preventing or treatment of the novel virus.

However, the United States President, Donald Trump who had championed the drug, said it could be used as a preventive measure.

But Trump dared the world health body, when he announced the exit of America as major contributor to the pool of funds available to the organization over alleged breaches in the management of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Boss while announcing the latest resolution of WHO at the usual briefing session in Abuja on Thursday, said, “You will recall that the hydroxychloroquine in the on-going solidarity trial on effective treatments for COVID-19 was temporarily halted by the WHO on 25th May, 2020 pending review of all safety data by the Solidarity Trial Data Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC).”

“The WHO, as part of efforts to find a cure to the COVID-19, has resumed the inclusion of patients in the hydroxychloroquine arm of the study. The PTF however advises against self-medication in all circumstances”.

Meanwhile, while some states continues to bicker with the federal government over the directive for worship centres to resume activities, the PTF warned against the flouting of the specified guidelines.

It insisted that compliance was important so as to avoid unwanted consequences that will put the lives of people at risk of contracting Covid-19.

His words, “As we approach the weekend, we remind the public to be aware of the guidelines set for restricted opening of places of worship. National guidelines have been shared with the states and we expect that protocols will be agreed with religious leaders.

“We urge utmost caution at all times. The PTF will continue to monitor the overall compliance to the easing of restriction as well as evolution of the outbreak. However, we will not hesitate to review as we progress, should the situation warrant, to avoid preventable risks of transmission”.

He said owing to increase in the rate of infection particularly among health workers, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC would step up training on infection, prevention and control to slow the emerging situation down.

He equally warned security agencies against hindering farmers, whom he described as critical partners in the containment of the virus.

“We need our health workers to be healthy and available. As always, we remain very proud of you all.”

“We are now in the planting season and our farmers have been involved in land preparation and planting of crops. To guarantee a seamless flow of agricultural activities, the guidelines have exempted the agricultural value chain from the restrictions put in place.”

“​It is therefore important that we do everything possible to guarantee our food security by supporting our hardworking farmers to function. I, therefore appeal to all the various task forces and security personnel at the sub-national levels to ensure easy passage of these inputs to our farmers”, he stated.

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