- The United States of America (USA) has approved the anti-malarial drug chloroquine for use as a treatment for the coronavirus disease
- President Donald Trump said the Food and Drug Administration approved chloroquine for use as coronavirus treatment
- Chloroquine is a drug used to treat malaria and severe arthritis, there are reports that the drug has proved effective in the treatment of coronavirus
The United States of America (USA) has approved the anti-malarial drug chloroquine for use as a treatment against the new coronavirus.
President Donald Trump in a press briefing on Thursday, March 19, said the Food and Drug Administration approved chloroquine for use as coronavirus treatment, Forbes reports.
Chloroquine is a drug used to treat malaria and severe arthritis, there are reports that the drug has proved effective in the treatment of coronavirus.
Trump also said that other antiviral medications will be fast-tracked for FDA approval.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari's daughter is in self-isolation after returning from the United Kingdom. This was disclosed by the first lady, Aisha Buhari in a series of tweets released today, Thursday, March 19.
The first lady also revealed that she has shut down her office for two weeks. She disclosed that some of her staff also returned from the UK, hence the reason for making the decision.
In another news, following the criticism of President Buhari's failure to address the nation on the confirmed cases of pandemic coronavirus in the country, the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) has come to the president's aide.
Premium Times reports that the 36 state governors under the aegis of NGF said that the president does not necessarily have to address the nation on the deadly disease.
Legit.ng gathered that the governors said this was because Buhari had already set up a task force on the COVID-19 virus which have been delivering updates to the nation.
The chairman of the forum, Kayode Fayemi, said this on Wednesday, March 18, while responding to enquiries if the governors were of an opinion that the president should address the nation on COVID-19.
The Senate had on Wednesday, March 18, called on Buhari to address Nigerians on the coronavirus in the country.
The call came amidst backlash on the president for failing to address the nation as some presidents of other countries had done.
It would be recalled that countries like Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe have had their presidents address them since the coronavirus outbreak in those countries.
Fayemi said what was important was the regular reports delivered to the nation from the COVID-19 taskforce that has been put together by the federal government.
Still on health, as the novel COVID-19 also known as coronavirus continues to spread with now 12 confirmed cases in Nigeria, the fears of many Nigerians continue to increase as many worry about the cases yet to be confirmed.
A Nigerian lady, Ogene Augustina, recently took to the Twitter platform to cry out for help after her husband returned from Spain and has been unwell. According to her, the hotlines are not available as no one has picked up.
She wrote: "Good evening, my husband just came back from Spain today and he's feeling unwell. He came back with Lufthansa airline LH568 . Please he needs to be tested . Although he has isolated himself the hotlines are not available and no one is picking"
Shortly after, the post immediately went viral and soon enough, Ogene revealed they had been contacted and advised on the necessary steps to be taken.
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