The United States Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, approves remdesivir as drug for emergency use in treatment of COVID-19.
Remdesivir is a broad spectrum antiviral drug that has shown effectiveness in both invitro and in vivo administration. Remdesivir was developed by Gilead Sciences.
In many Northern parts of Nigeria, one would behold an obvious presence of many children with plates asking for alms. In most cases they are separated from their parents at a very young age. The proceeds of the begging likely goes to the one that “oversees” after them.
They are largely uneducated, although some school of thoughts would argue that they are educated in some Arabic or Islamic Knowledge. Many of them grow up becoming nuisance to the society. Some Nigerians have called for more pragmatic ways of ending such practice.
Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, tried by building many schools for educating and rehabilitating the Almajiris. Such legacy was not nurtured after his departure from Office. Very recently, ousted Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi of Kano Nigeria, spoke emotionally against the practice. Few weeks after that public outcry, he was deposed.
Today, COVID-19 is ravaging countries of the world and many young Almajiris are being evacuated from one Northern State of Nigeria to another. In some News, it was gathered that five (5)Almajiris deported from Kano to Kaduna State of Nigeria tests positive to COVID-19!
Was the deportation of Almajiris necessary? Why were they deported during the coronavirus pandemic? Did we know their States of origin before now?
The whole world is currently affected by the COVID-19 in one way or the other. Some are more adversely affected than others, but generally the global economy has been set back by the ravaging Coronavirus.
The race is on to develop vaccine and treatments for this viral disease, because this could be one of the surest way of returning global activities to normalcy or near normalcy.
Many companies and various research institutes from different countries are on this race.
Although, at the moment, there is no approved vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Nevertheless, one may ask, what are the drugs used to treat those that already recovered from the coronavirus infection? Thousands of people have recovered and treated, it was gathered that some conventional and unconventional means were employed to reverse the viral state from positive to negative.
There are some reports of the use of combo of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycine and zinc sulfate in managing the condition. Whereas, some recent clinical trials suggest that use of chloroquines are associated with some not so welcomed conditions and overall effect on the virus not encouraging.
One of the drugs being hoped to combat the 2019 Coronavirus, Remdesivir, by Gilead Sciences, of United States showed some very promising results. Unfortunately, most recent results from some clinical trials were below expectations.
In Nigeria, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State claimed that he used Black Seed among other things to treat the coronavirus. Investigations show that some researchers isolated certain substances from this Seed that are effective in destroying the viral infection.
There are more to come, just hang on. In the meantime, stay home and stay safe.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is here with us! This is obviously not a good News but all News can be used to our advantage. Besides, information is power.
COVID-19 is contagious, and can kill! The good News is that we can avoid getting infected by this virus if we take some of these few and simple precautions; stay at home as much as possible, cover your nose especially when outside your domain, maintain social distancing, wash hands effectively and regularly with detergents or disinfect your hands with over 65% alcohol-based sanitizer, avoid touching your face with hands, drink water regularly, do exercise, eat healthy and rest well.
Should you experience fever, cough, flu and other symptoms of COVID-19, kindly contact the necessary quarters and take COVID-19 test.
The race is one to develop effective vaccine or treatment to halt the dangers posed by this virus, I will be writing more about this in subsequent blog.