Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, in this interview, speaks on the efforts to ramp up Covid-19 testing amid criticisms that the authorities aren’t doing enough to test for the virus with a view to determining the extent of community transmission in Nigeria.
When he was asked about the effort being made with regards to prevention and treatment of COVID-19, he said:
Internationally, there’s a lot of effort going on find a cure but for those of us that studied medicine, we know that viruses is fought by the anti-viruses that your body develops over time.
The stronger, able bodied people develop anti-viruses but those who have underlying sicknesses like hypertension, diabetes, etc would be more susceptible.
So, treatment, with regards to medicines and drugs, there’s none that is yet approved. People have tried various antibiotics and anti-retoviral drugs, they are still being tried.
We are taking part in the trial by the World Health Organisation, but we do not yet have an answer to the cure. And also we do not yet have a vaccine. Various groups are working on vaccine but the general belief is that we cannot get it in the next 18 months.
Source: News update