COVID-19 drug trial will Commenced soon in 13 states in Nigeria – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Thursday, said investigational drug trials would quickly start in 22 sites scattered across thirteen states of the federation.

The task force’s National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, stated this at some point of a press briefing via the project force.

Aliyu stated 22 sites cutting across 13 states of the federation had been authorized for the exercise.

He did no longer title the states but defined that all imperative regulatory approvals had already been secured for the trials.

He stated, “As you are aware Nigeria, has registered for the WHO solidarity trials which are a multi-country trial where the trendy of care in the country is in contrast towards some investigational pills such as Remdesivir, Interferon-Beta and monoclonal antibody.

“This is in a bid to get the first-class tablets to remedy COVID 19. So some distance 22 sites from thirteen states have been registered for the trial and the crucial regulatory approvals from NAFDAC, and the National Health Research Ethics Committee has been secured. The trial will quickly commence.”

He stated the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research and other tertiary institutions “have been actively concerned in  pursuing research in accordance with their mandates of institution as quickly the COVID-19 pandemic was declared by way of the World Health Organisation.”

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said Nigeria had so far tested 366,244 persons.

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He stated among these who tested positive, male preponderance remained high, with extra infections in the age crew beneath 50 years, however more fatalities in the higher age brackets and among the vulnerable.

The project force’s Chairman, Boss Mustapha, disclosed that 14 out of the 985 COVID-19 deaths so some distance recorded in the usa had been scientific doctors.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the best tribute that should be paid to the deceased was for Nigerians to comply with guidelines and keep away from further fatalities.

He said, “This morning, Nigerians woke up to the stark reality that our tested cases of COVID-19 have crossed the 50,000 mark standing at 50,488 and a dying toll of 985, bringing us shut to the unenviable report of 1,000 fatalities.

“Fourteen of those that paid the supreme sacrifice were docs who toiled every day to store lives. The most edifying tribute and respect we can pay to these people is to do the basic minimum in avoiding such fatalities.”

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