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WHO Declares Nigeria Polio Free, Stops Chloroquine Clinical Trials

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stopped hydroxychloroquine clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

This comes three days after the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) withdrew its approval for the emergency use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, saying they may not be effective for the infection.

WHO said evidence has proven that hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, does not lessen the mortality rate of COVID-19.

“The Solidarity Trial’s hydroxychloroquine arm is being stopped, on the idea of evidence showing it does not reduce the mortality rate for hospitalised #COVID19 patients,” it stated.

WHO earlier suspended the trial on the usage of the drug for the treatment of COVID-19 cases after a study published by The Lancet claimed chloroquine had no positive impact at the treatment of COVID-19  amongst 96,032 sampled sufferers.

The study also reported a higher mortality rate amongst those that used the drug. But on June 3, the company made a U-turn and said it was resuming scientific trial of the drug.

This came after a report discovered that the clinical trial of the drug was suspended primarily based on questionable facts.

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Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general, said findings by the WHO data safety monitoring board revealed that there was no reason to discontinue the trial after reviewing available data on the drug.

However, another drug, dexamethasone has been described as a breakthrough in the combat against the deadly disease.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has declared  Nigeria a polio-free country, after three consecutive years of no document of an outbreak. The system of certification which commenced few months in the past culminated inside the whole documentation with the assistance of the officials of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) and become accepted via the World Health Organisation team.

WHO Nigeria office, in a tweet, yesterday, stated: “Today, Nigeria’s entire documentation for wild poliovirus free popularity become accepted by way of the Africa Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication (ARCC).

It is a historic day for Nigeria, Africa and the Global Polio Programme!”

Denis Chilaka

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