The Lagos State government will this week commence the clinical trial treatment of Chloroquine as a potential cure for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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This was disclosed by Gbenga Omotoso, the state Commissioner for Information, in an interview.
Professor Akin Abayomi, the state Commissioner for Health, had announced last week that the state will soon begin to conduct the chloroquine clinical trial to determine the drug’s efficacy in treating the disease.
Speaking in the interview, Omotoso said the state government has obtained all the necessary approval to kick start the clinical trial, adding that the volunteers are also ready.
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The commissioner also noted that the state has gotten 20,000 additional COVID-19 testing kits to increase testing for the disease.
“We are ready for the chloroquine clinical trial because we have just secured all the approvals. The documentation has also been completed. Those that will be used for the trials are ready too. By next week we should be ready for the trial,” Omotoso told the Punch.
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“Also, Lagos got a supply of additional 20,000 testing kits, although we were expecting 40,000. It means that the testing will increase now.”
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Lagos State is noted as the epicentre of COVID-19 in Nigeria, having recorded 2,373 confirmed cases- the highest number of cases of the disease in the country.