WHO To Test Four Drugs In Nigeria

Written by
Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Federal Government says Lagos, FCT, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto and Kano states have enrolled on the World Health Organisation (WHO) treatment regimen on solidarity drug trials.

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said this in Abuja, at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

The Minister said the Federal Government was cooperating with the WHO on treatment regimen Solidarity trial with the aforementioned states.

 Officer in charge, WHO Nigeria and member of the PTF on COVID-19, Dr. Fiona Braka, confirmed that what Nigeria signed up for was drug trial and not vaccine trial, stressing that no vaccine has being discovered for COVID-19.

According to her, the four drugs that would be monitored in the solidarity trial were Remdesivir; Chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine; Lopinavir, and Ritonavir.

The WHO announced that Nigeria had expressed interest to be part of the global solidarity drug trial to tackle COVID-19 pandemic of which the process would soon start in the country.