NCDC DG Ihekweazu says Clinical Trials on Coronavirus are showing promising results


The Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that ongoing clinical trials on Coronavirus are showing promising results.

He said this on Sunday, 12th April, 2020 in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

According to Ihekweazu, the clinical trials on Coronavirus have shown promising results but have not been proven in humans yet. He, however, stressed that the best option for now remains taking the measures by the World Health Organization (WHO) to wash hands regularly and keep social distancing.

“Some of the trials have shown promising results in laboratory studies but have not yet been proven in humans.

“The best option for now is to avoid self-medication as it may lead to complications and death. COVID-19 has rapidly developed into a worldwide pandemic with a significant health and economic burden,” he stressed.

When asked how to manage the virus, the NCDC DG said if symptoms are reported early, the patient can be managed to recovery.

“They can be managed to recovery if symptoms are reported early, particularly for people with underlying health conditions,” he said.

Nigeria currently has 323 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, with 85 recovered and 10 deaths recorded.