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COVID-19: We believe in Hydroxychroloquine- Director of NAFDAC

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COVID-19: We believe in Hydroxychroloquine- Director of NAFDAC

The Director of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Adeyeye Mojisola, said this. Nigerians go on with Hydroxychloroquine clinical trials to cure COVID-19.

Despite the warning by the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria authorities have said that they will continue with hydroxychloroquine clinical trials on COVID-19 patients.

”I do not know the data that they’re looking at, whether it’s from the Caucasian population or from the African population,” the director of Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said.

”If the data they’re looking at and the reason for suspending the trials is from the Caucasian population, then it may be justified. But I don’t think we have data from the African population yet because our genetic makeup is different,” Mojisola Adeyeye was quoted by local media as saying on Tuesday.

”If medical doctors, research scientists, pharmacists, herbal experts work together, we should conclude the clinical trial in 3-4 months. The narrative might change afterward but for now, we believe in hydroxychloroquine,” she added.

On Monday, the WHO said that due to safety concerns, it is temporarily halting a clinical trial of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for treating coronavirus patients.

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The announcement followed a publication by the Lancet medical journal of an observational study on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine and its effects on hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

More than 400 hospitals in 35 countries are actively recruiting patients, and nearly 3,500 patients had been enrolled from 17 countries to test the drug, according to the WHO.

Nigeria has so far recorded 8,344 coronavirus cases, with 249 deaths, and 2,385 recoveries, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The pandemic has claimed more than 350,500 lives in 188 countries and regions since originating in China last December. The US and Brazil are currently the worst-hit countries.

More than 5.59 million cases have been reported worldwide and 2.28 million people have recovered to date, according to figures compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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France Discover New Covid-19 Variant, IHU, Containing 46 Mutations

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France Discover New Covid-19 Variant, IHU, Containing 46 Mutations

Scientists and experts in France have identified a new variant called IHU, which has 46 mutations more than the Omicron Variant.

The new B.1.640.2 variant was first discovered at the institute IHU Méditerranée Infection in Marseille.

The first case was linked to a person with a travel history to Cameroon and so far 12 people living in southeastern France have been infected.

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The variant is also yet to be spotted in other countries or labelled a variant under investigation by the World Health Organisation.

The World Health Organization also said the variant found in France has not been much of a threat since it was first identified in November. This comes days after Israel reported its first case of rare double infection of Covid-19 and Influenza, Flurona.

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Nasarawa, Jigawa, Ogun Top NPHCDA Performance Ranking

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Nasarawa, Jigawa, Ogun Top NPHCDA Performance Ranking

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA on Wednesday released its Covid-19 vaccination campaign statistics on the most and least vaccinated states in the country.

According to the health agency’s latest update, Nasarawa made the most of the vaccination efforts with 31.63% of the state’s population receiving the covid-19 jabs.

Jigawa came in second with an inoculation percentage of 29.03, while Ogun state emerged as the most vaccinated state in the southwest with 17.24%.

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However, Lagos state emerged as the 12th most vaccinated state with 7.66% of its inhabitants taking the covid-19 jabs, while f.c.t had a 4.26% vaccination rate.

According to the agency, Imo, Akwa-ibom, and Bayelsa states were least on the rankings having vaccinated 1.08%, 0.92%, and 0.69% respectively.

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12,547 patients in isolation centres, COVID-19 cases increase by 847.44%

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12,547 patients in isolation centres, COVID-19 cases increase by 847.44%

No fewer than 12, 547 covid-19 patients are on admission at isolation and treatment centers across the country. The data obtained from the Nigeria centers for disease control on Wednesday also showed that as of Tuesday.

This came to the fore as state governments started reopening isolation centers in view of the rising cases. The NCDC figures also showed that the country witnessed a downward trend in hospitalization with only 4,097 active cases on admission as of November 21, 2021.

However, the trends increased to a total of 12,547 patients on December 21, 2021, indicating a 206.25 percent rise in one month. Also, no fewer than 13,160 cases of covid-19 were recorded in the country between December 1 and 21.

This is in contrast to 1,389 cases recorded between November 10 and December 10, making it an 847.44 percent increase within 21 days. On Wednesday, the Lagos state commissioner for health, prof akin Abayomi, said only five percent of the state covid-19 isolation facilities were in use.

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He said there was 11 percent occupancy at the 160-bed facility at the infectious disease hospital, yaba, as well as 40 percent occupancy at the 20-bed armor isolation facility.

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