- The federal government has disclosed that it has not yet fully commenced home treatment for COVID-19 patients
- The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure during the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19
- Ehanire said anyone carrying out treatments at home without assigned clinical supervision is doing the wrong thing
The federal government has disclosed that it has not yet fully commenced home treatment for COVID-19 patients.
The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, speaking during the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19, said the home treatment of COVID-19 patients is not yet fully operational.
He said anyone carrying out treatments at home without assigned clinical supervision was doing something wrong.
The minister stated that various states are still considering home treatment as an option for COVID-19 patients.
Meanwhile, Nigeria is not resting in its efforts to find lasting solutions to the coronavirus pandemic as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control said it will collaborate with indigenous scientists working on the COVID-19 vaccine or drugs.
The director-general of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, said the agency’s interventions would allow for documentation of such initiatives for global recording as potential vaccines or drugs that are in process or safety testing.
Adeyeye made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, June 23, in Abuja.
She said that the agency would open its doors to the team of Nigerian scientists who declared they are working on a vaccine for the infectious disease.
“It will be a great thing if Nigeria develops her vaccine, but all the steps stated above will have to be followed,” she said.
According to her, it takes time to develop a vaccine and NAFDAC will be the first to be informed of any such developments in the country.
“That testing will involve use of the virus and then animals. If all goes well, the researchers will then plan for clinical trial which will take a long time from 18 months to years," she said.
Still on health news, following the development in which a staff member of Kaduna state assembly tested positive, Yusuf Zailani, the speaker of the House, directed all workers, including the lawmakers, to submit themselves for compulsory coronavirus test.
Deputy chairman of the House committee on health, Ali Kalat, disclosed this on Tuesday, June 23.
He, however, said that non of the lawmakers had tested positive.
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