The World Health Organization (WHO)said that it is not trying out new drugs in developing an effecting regimen for the treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19), but remodeling available ones to determine their effect on the virus as it is still at the information gathering stage of the multi-country solidarity trial which should ultimately lead to a most effective formulation for treating COVID-19.
The Country Representative of the WHO, Fiona Braka, during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja,declared. It could be recalled few days ago, Lagos, FCT, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto and Kano State, signed up to participate in the WHO solidarity trial to help find an effective treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the shortest possible time.
According to Fiona Braka’s statement, “The solidarity trial is a large multi-country effort that is going on across several countries globally. We are picking up on that trial in Nigeria; some states have started while some are yet to start.
“The whole idea is that the large pool of information across countries will be systematically analysed at the global level, in addition to what is coming in from the other countries. Guidance will now be provided to countries on which formulation is more effective. These are not new drugs that we are trying but drugs that we already have available but are simply being repurposed for the intention of determining their effect on the coronavirus. We will keep you updated on what the timeline for the vaccine will look like. But we are still early in the process in collection of the data.”
Overall, there have been relatively few cases of COVID-19 confirmed in infants, children, who only experience mild symptoms, Fiona said. However, recently, we have received reports from Europe and North America that have described a cluster of children and adolescents requiring admission to intensive care units with a multi-cystic inflammatory disorder which has some features similar to those of Kawasaki diseases and toxic shock syndrome, she added.
“The case report has described the presentation of an acute illness encountered by hyper inflammatory syndrome that eventually leads to organ failure and shock. So it is essential to characterise the symptoms, it’s risk factor, understand the causality and what can be done about it. In this regards, WHO has developed preliminary case definition and case report for this multi-cystic inflammatory disorder in children and adolescent.”
The representative concluded that information will be systematically gathered from countries observing these and in turn provide more information to the public on whether we see this as a real linkage and what exactly is the cause, what are the risk factors and the appropriate management.
Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi