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COVID-19: Lagos, FCT, Kano, others volunteer for WHO’s free trial treatment

The states of Lagos, FCT, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto and Kano, have signed up to participate in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) solidarity trial in a bid to discover an effective treatment for the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to WHO reports, this is part of a series of international clinical trials to develop effective treatment regimens and vaccines to combat COVID-19 in the shortest possible.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire made this known on Monday, May 11; in Abuja, during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He said: “The Federal Government is cooperating with the WHO on treatment regimen solidarity trial with the following states enrolled; Lagos, FCT, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Kano.

“As at the end of Monday, Nigeria has ramped up testing by 1,127 to a total of 27,078 tests; which yielded 4,399 cases in 35 States, with a gender ratio of 70 to 30 percent for men and women.

“Kogi and Cross River States have not reported any cases. But we are optimistic that we can work with the State Health Ministry to validate this in due course; when we engage the state authorities.

“A team from the Ministry of Health made up of experts from various specialties; including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), is on standby to proceed to Calabar; as soon as travel arrangements can be made, taking with them a resource to support the health system.

“Senior management of the Federal Ministry of Health and clinical case managers in our hospitals, this morning participated in a multinational teleconference with Chinese medical and academic experts in Beijing; where much insight was gained into the treatment strategy of China and other matters of common interest were discussed.

“The learnings from this intervention are invaluable in reexamining our methods.

“It is important that our response to COVID-19 be a concerted national, collaborative drive; to stand a better chance of being effective.

“So far, our efforts are yielding result as shown in states where panic and scare were initially rife, but now subsumed.”

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