- WHO has finally put an end to use of chloroquine for Covid-19 treatment
- The global health agency announced the decision saying the drug does not reduce Covid-19 mortality rate
- The announcement came barely a month chloroquine solidarity trial was suspended by the agency
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As the world channels concentrated efforts against coronavirus crisis, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it has finally halted hydroxychloroquine trial for Covid-19 treatment.
The global health agency made the declaration on Wednesday, June 17, in a tweet, saying the drug is not effective in treating the highly-ravaging infection.
The decision came in barely three weeks after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stopped the drug use.
WHO said findings have shown that the anti-malaria drug does not reduce the mortality rate of coronavirus.
"The Solidarity Trial’s hydroxychloroquine arm is being stopped, on the basis of evidence showing it does not reduce mortality for hospitalised #COVID19 patients," WHO said in a tweet on Wednesday.
The agency had on Monday, May 25, suspended the "solidarity trial" of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 treatment.
Citing the study carried out by The Lancet, which had examined the effects of the use of hydroxychloroquine alone or with macrolide, Ghebreyesus in his address said WHO is unable to confirm the effect of chloroquine when used for Covid-19 treatment.
Tedros Ghebreyesus said that WHO discovered more fatalities were recorded across 400 hospitals in 35 countries where hydroxychloroquine was permitted to use for coronavirus treatment.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) ordered the production of chloroquine.
The director-general of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye, on Monday, March 30, said that the health agency took the decision following the use of the anti-malarial pill in many other countries.
Adeyeye revealed that nations like the United States (US) and France which have applied chloroquine for the clinical trial treatment of the disease have given testimonies of its effectiveness.
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