OYOGist.com has learned that Olorunnimbe Mamora, Minister of State for Health has reportedly said that the World Health Organization cannot dictate to Nigeria the steps to take in the fight against COVID-19. On Monday, the WHO announced the suspension of the solidarity trial which presented the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19.
Tedros Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, said that the World Health Agency had decided to suspend the trial due to safety concerns. But a day later, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said that Nigeria would continue the trial, which it said had been effective in treating patients with COVID- 19, especially those at the mild infection stage.
But speaking to the Presidential Task Force (TFP) on the COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, Mamora said that WHO only provides guidelines that countries can adapt according to their whims.
“We are still working on drugs. Remember that even hydroxychloroquine is still working as we speak. It is important that we make it clear that WHO cannot dictate to us. WHO does not dictate to countries what to do, ”said Mamora.
“They only provide guidelines and directives, they do not dictate, because the reality is that each country is supposed to observe these realities on the ground and leave room for innovation, flexibility and adaptation as the realities on the ground dictate it in each country.
“So we’re still looking at drug issues; we’re still looking at vaccine issues, also in the areas of research.” He said the federal government is working on the basis of science, evidence and research to contain the spread of the virus.
“One of the investigations that came out of our own situation is to establish that what we have here is the same tension in Wuhan,” he said.