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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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COVID-19 interventions cost 3.5% of Nigeria’s GDP – CBN

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COVID-19 interventions cost 3.5% of Nigeria’s GDP – CBN

The implemented initiative of the Central bank of Nigeria to mitigate COVID-19’s economic impact accounted for about 3.5% of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product.
Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor stated this during his presentation at the 30th annual conference of financial reporters.
Emefiele was represented at the event by the apex bank’s spokesperson, Osita Nwanisobi.
Cumulatively, the bank’s intervention efforts represented about 3.5% of the GDP.”
He explained that the policy measures included a cumulative reduction of the monetary policy rate from 13.5% to 11.5% between May and September 2021 in order to spur lending to the economy and support the current recovery of output growth; Reduction of the interest rate on CBN intervention loans from nine to 5%; and a one-year extension of the moratorium on principal repayments for CBN intervention facilities.
The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveals that as of 23rd of September, 203,514 cases have been confirmed, 191,950 cases have been discharged and 2,668 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

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A total of 2.99 million tests have been carried out as of 23rd September 2021.

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Lagos COVID-19 Infections Surpass 76,000

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Lagos State commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in the state stands at 76,201.

Abayomi made the disclosure through his Facebook account, on Saturday while giving an update on the state’s Covid-19 status.

He said that 4,644 tests were conducted in the state on the reported dates, from which 218 infections were confirmed.

According to him, the new infections increased the state’s total Covid-19 infections to 76,201.

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He said the total number of covid-19 tests conducted in the state since inception of the pandemic was 737,141 while 5,029 Covid-19 patients, who had been successfully treated, had also been discharged from the state’s care centres.

The commissioner disclosed that the state recorded another six Covid-19 related fatalities, increasing the number of Covid-19 deaths in the state to 637.

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4, 680,000 Nigerians vaccinated – NPHCDA

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4, 680,000 Nigerians vaccinated – NPHCDA

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA says 4,680,000 Nigerians have so far been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The executive director /chief executive officer of the agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this during the South-South zonal town hall meeting on Covid-19 vaccination on Saturday in Benin organised by the presidential steering committee on Covid-19, in collaboration with NPHCDA and the Edo State government.

Shuaib noted that out of the 4,680,000 million vaccinated Nigerians, about 1,865,127 were fully vaccinated with the two doses.

He stated that the figure was below the nation’s target, adding that the threats posed by the virus could prevent the country from returning to normal living.

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According to him, in the course of the next few weeks, NPHCDA plans to gradually involve the private sector as sites for Covid-19 vaccination.

Shuaib, however, disclosed that the federal government had set up a joint task force on Covid-19 vaccine for monitoring and accountability in collaboration with the security agencies.

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