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NCDC, PTF Approves Remedesivir for Treatment of COVID-19

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•To work with NAFDAC to make drug accessible 

•Train more lab scientists in Kano

•Nigeria records 170 new cases

Senator Iroegbu

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Presidential Task Force (PTF), has approved Remedesivir as the drug for the treatment of Coronavirus following the likes of the United States and United Kingdom.

This is coming as growing number of Nigerians have called on the Federal Government to look inward for local remedy instead of relying on foreign solutions.

The Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this on Sunday while  speaking on Channels Television via an @NCDCgov tweet highlights.

Ihekweazu also said that the next step is to work together with NAFDAC to ensure that Nigerians have access to the drugs.

“Since the onset of #COVID19, we committed to follow the science & we’re happy of clinical trial evidence of #remedesivir. Next steps are to work with @NafdacAgency to make the drug accessible.

“We’re part of a global problem & therefore will be part of the solution,” he said.

Speaking further, the NCDC boss urged Nigerians to be patient and ensure they follow the authorised measures by the Centre, PTF and other relevant bodies, as according to him: “Sometimes speed has its  consequences, however we aree building.

“Despite best efforts of @PTFCOVID19 & state governments, no response measure to control #COVID19Nigeria will be adequate until Nigerians resolve to adhere to recommended measures”

Ihekweazu also disclosed that in the last one week, they have  trained more lab scientists in Kano to carry out COVID-19 diagnosis at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Bayero University Kano

He promised to “continue to support the Kano State Government and Kano Stats Ministry of Health @KNSMOH for quick detection of new cases & other response activities”

In a related development, Nigeria has recorded 170 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country’s total infections to 2,558.


According to a tweet by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday, of the new infections, 39 are in Lagos, 29 from Kano, 24 in Ogun and 18 from Bauchi. The FCT and Sokoto had 12 each, while Katsina has 8 cases and 7 cases were recorded in Borno. Three cases were recorded in Nasarawa, two in Adamawa and one in Oyo state.


The tweet read: “170 new cases of #COVID19;
39-Lagos29-Kano24-Ogun18-Bauchi15-Kaduna12-FCT12-Sokoto8-Katsina7-Borno3-Nasarawa2-Adamawa1-Oyo
2558 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in NigeriaDischarged: 400Deaths: 87 http://pic.twitter.com/oy3zTQ1hAy
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 3, 2020A breakdown of cases by state and other details can be found via https://t.co/A0NkMvZqE5 http://pic.twitter.com/dRw7n4u8lf


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