By Ayo Kehinde
The World Health Organisation, WHO, has said there is no proven drug for the treatment of the dreaded coronavirus yet, warning that drugs like hydrochloroquine and other similar drugs may have impact on the disease does not mean there is proven treatment.
Speaking at a world press conference addressed by the Director General, Tedro Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva on Monday, Dr Michael Ryan, WHO Executive Director on Emergency Programmes, said,” there is no proven therapeutic treatment for Covid-19. However there are drugs that have been proven for the treatment of SARS, malaria and HIV that may have impact on the severity of the coronavirus disease when given to patients. Yet these drugs have not been standardized even in randomized control in trials going on around the world. Some countries out of compassion have used the drugs. We do not encourage that it gets to widespread use as that would divert from the diseases these drugs are used for.”
Dr Ryna said it would take a year to find a drug to fight the virus, disclosing that drugs that are been developed for Covid-19 are undergoing clinical tests in the United States of America, China and some European countries.
“So it not advisable for individuals to use drugs like chloroquine. For now we can speak of promise and potential for such drugs but we have to be very careful. The trials will come and tell us how safe they are for treatment.”
Director-General Ghebreyesus appealed for continued unity and solidarity among countries to fight the virus.
He said; “ Covid-19 is reminding us how connected we are, how independent on each other we are. In the eye of the Covid-19 storm, scientific tools are important but humility, kindness are essential and with that we will overcome the disease”
He said the WHO has raised $622million from donors governments and organization globally in support for the fight against the pandemic and urged governments to grant affected people access to life saving facilities, ventilators and medical oxygen, support communities to build trust and mental health, while providing for old people and refugees as well as provide welfare to the people where lockdown are imposed.