The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control says it will continue hydroxychloroquine clinical trials for the treatment of COVID – 19 in Nigeria despite the suspension of the same by the World Health Organisation .
NAFDAC Director- General , Prof Mojisola Adeyeye , made this known on Tuesday during a programme on Television Continental.
Adeyeye said there are proven records that hydroxychloroquine had been effective in the treatment of COVID – 19 patients , especially those at the “mild stage” of the virus .
“ There is data to prove that hydroxychloroquine worked for many COVID – 19 patients .
Therefore , we would continue our own clinical trials in Nigeria .
Hydroxychloroquine has been proved to work at a mild stage.
So the potency depends on the severity of the disease in the patient’ s body, ” she said .
The NAFDAC DG , who said Lagos State had already begun hydroxychloroquine clinical trials , noted that depending on the speed of work , the clinical trials should conclude in three to four months .
“ If medical doctors , research scientists, pharmacists , herbal experts work together , we should conclude the clinical trial in three to four months .
The narrative might change afterwards but for now , we believe in hydroxychloroquine. ”
Reports that the United Nations specialised agency on global health said on Monday that it had “ temporarily ” suspended the clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for COVID – 19.
It said the decision followed a study that using the drug on COVID – 19 patients could increase their chance of dying .
“ The Executive Group has implemented a temporary pause of the hydroxychloroquine arm within the Solidarity Trial while the safety data is reviewed by the Data Safety Monitoring Board , ” said WHO Chief , Tedros Ghebreyesus.
He stressed that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine “ are accepted as generally safe for use in patients with autoimmune diseases or malaria ”, noting that the suspension was a temporary measure .
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