Written by Williams ABAH

No definitive treatment for Covid-19 patients —Physicians

President of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA, Dr. Francis Faduyile, and a nephrologist, Prof. Babatunde Salako, say there is no definitive treatment for the treatment of the novel coronavirus.

Salako, who is also the director general of the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research, says that supportive treatment was the only identified and accepted therapy in isolation centres across the country. They made the disclosure in Abuja at a press briefing.

In his words, "If you show symptoms of fever, you will be given fever medicine. If you have a severe cough, there are some strong cough drugs that will be administered on you.

“And where there is a need for oxygen, it will be supplied. If it is down to bringing in ventilators, it would be taken care of. He stated that where a patient develops secondary infections for chest pain, there need to treat the patients with antibiotics and conduct general monitoring of his progress.

According to him, there are pockets of studies in China, France and other countries that have shown that chloroquine improves outcomes in some patients, warning that a number of such researches are not enough to come to that serious conclusion for holistic use.

“People are still juggling several drugs. Some produce results and others don't. Again, it is better than not using anything. That is the stage we are now

“The trials will continue until we are able to identify the particular one that works. For us here, we will soon conduct a clinical trial on drugs like chloroquine phosphate and possibly, hydroxychloroquine.

Now we are going through processes to get approval from the ethics committee. As you know, we cannot give anybody a trial drug, especially during an outbreak, without getting an approval.

He said there are ethics that behind the whole process, adding that aside from national ethics body, there are also ethics committee.

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