Doctor claims she cured over 350 COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine
Amidst the apprehension and uncertainty on the search for cure of the Coronavirus disease, a Nigerian-born doctor, Stella Immanuel, on Monday stunned the world with the claim she has treated more than 350 COVID-19 patients.
The doctor said she had successfully treated more than 350 people in the United States with coronavirus using hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Zithromax.
US President Donald Trump and his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro have since claimed hydroxychloroquine could prevent or treat COVID-19.
Immanuel disclosed this when she addressed the press after America’s Frontline Doctors Summit in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 27.
“Hydroxychloroquine works if given early. President Trump we are with you. Many of us doctors know it and have used it. Don’t stop speaking up for us,”
Hydroxychloroquine has long been used to treat malaria as well as other conditions such as lupus and arthritis.
It’s used to reduce fever and inflammation, and the hope has been that it can also inhibit the virus that causes Covid-19.
“I’m here because I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID,” Immanuel said in video that has gone viral.
“Patients that have diabetes, patients that have high blood pressure, patients that have asthma, old people … I think my oldest patient is 92 … 87-year-olds. And the result has been the same. I put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they’re all well.”
She said she put herself, her staff and other doctors she knew on hydroxychloroquine for prevention of COVID-19.
“We see patients, 10 to 15 COVID patients, every day,” she said.
“We give them breathing treatments. We only wear surgical mask. None of us has gotten sick. It works.”
Video of Stella speaking quickly went viral gaining more than 13 million views on Facebook and Youtube. In fact, the video was the 2nd top post on all of Facebook in the last 24 hours, according to CrowdTangle data.
Immanuel pointed to a study published by the United States’ National Institute of Health to back up her claims on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine and claimed in that much-maligned big pharma companies may have conspired against the use of the hydroxychloroquine to COVID-19.
However, the Food and Drug Administration a federal agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services cautioned against using hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients.
National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s foremost medical research centres in the US, also shared the same sentiment and halted its clinical trial of the drug, finding that it provided no benefits.
Also, the Recovery trial run by Oxford University has involved 11,000 patients with coronavirus in hospitals across the UK and included testing hydroxychloroquine’s effectiveness against the disease, along with other potential treatments.
It concluded that “there is no beneficial effect of hydroxychloroquine in patients hospitalised with Covid-19” and the drug has now been pulled from the trial.
There’s been some hope that hydroxychloroquine could be effective if used early on when a person gets the virus before there’s a need for them to be hospitalised.
However, there’s no clear evidence on this and the jury is very much out as to its effectiveness in the early stages of infection.
There are in fact overall more than 200 trials currently underway around the world on its impact either as a prophylactic or treatment for Covid-19.
Stella, however, said she did not need to do a double-blind study because it was unethical.
“All of you doctors that are waiting for data, if six months down the line you actually found out that this data shows that this medication works, how about your patients that have died?,” she said.
“We don’t need to die. There is a cure for COVID,” she insisted.
World Blood Donation Day: Hematologist tasks Nigerians on voluntary donations
As the world celebrates the world Blood Donation Day, people with good health have been called upon to donate blood in order to support vulnerable patients in need of blood to survive.
The Chairman and Founder, Leukemia Care Plus Initiative and Head of Hematology department of the Federal Medical Centre Keffi, Dr Ukoma Chikadibia made the appeal while speaking with newsmen on Saturday in Keffi.
He stated that donation of blood had become imperative with a view to saving the lives of many patients.
Dr Chikadibia noted that most of the people that were in need of blood donation included pregnant women at their delivery stages, accident victims and people suffering from other forms of diseases.
He indicated that other categories of patients who needed blood donation included those to undergo surgeries, transplant, among others, while stressing the need for people to make voluntary blood donations.
The chairman noted that since Nigeria was recording a rise in the maternal mortality rate, the need to rescue the lives of pregnant women in their stages of deliveries became imperative.
“With the growing wave of maternal mortality rate in Nigeria, the need to save the lives of our pregnant mothers through the provision of enough blood whenever they are in need becomes important.
Dr Chikadibia noted that in order to encourage people to voluntarily donate blood to save other people’s lives, the foundation was seeking support and collaboration with the traditional rulers, community and religions leaders.
He stated that the negative insinuation that Hospitals sold blood donated for the care of vulnerable patients was wrong, saying that what the patients or their relatives paid for was the cost of testing, preservations and other sundry issues.
The founder stressed that no hospital sold blood, saying that no one had the capacity to buy blood in view of its importance to the life of human beings.
He therefore assured that every blood donated would be given out free to those in need, adding that fees they collected were for other services not for the blood provided.
Chikadibia appealed to the Federal government to build and equip modern or state of the art diagnostic centres for the screening of cancer of the blood throughout the country.
He assured that on their part they are working hard to upgrade their laboratory and provide more fridges to preserve the blood donated.
Chikadibia appealed to the people to see blood donation as an important service to humanity, while assuring that before any blood is collected, it is usually thoroughly screened against all forms of diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B and C, among others.
Also speaking, the Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Yamusa, commended them on their consistence in educating the people on the importance of blood donation, while pledging his support for them to achieve their goals.
Prof Adagiri applauds GYB for giving state Specialist hospital facelift
Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Kogi state Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, Professor Adagiri Yahaya has commended Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for transforming and giving a facelift to the Hospital
Prof Adagiri gave the indication while speaking to newsmen in his office in Lokoja recently, suggesting that the edifice upon completion will add value to the aesthetic outlook of the state capital.
The CMD said he took over the mantle of leadership at the health facility during the peak of the COVID-19 lockdown, when the hospital was not operating at a full scale with meagre income.
He lauded the timely intervention of the state Governor which has almost normalise the activities.
According to him, the Governor had made the hospital management system easy and hitch free through the implementation of the NHIS and the COMMESS 2014, salary scheme which has seen to the welfare and prompt payment of staff salaries.
He indicated that the hospital currently has very reliable water and electricity supply which were not quite the situation prior to the intervention of the State Governor.
Adagiri expressed his profound gratitude to the Governor for accepting to revamp the hospital to reflect the true image of a specialist hospital.
The Chief Medical Director prayed God to enable the Governor do more exploits.
Senate passes bill that amends the Orthopedic Hospital Management Board Act 2004
The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to amend the Orthopedic Hospital Management Board Act 2004.
The passage of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central), in his presentation, noted that “the country is plagued with poverty and an exceedingly high burden of disease.”
According to the lawmaker, Orthopedics such as musculoskeletal disorders, spine disease, cancers, tumours and congenital defects are suffered by many citizens without adequate care.
“Orthopedics is a specialized area of medicine concerned with the musculoskeletal system responsible for many important functions including joint replacements, fractures, joint pains, sports injuries, arthritis and other injuries and conditions”, Oloriegbe explained.
He stressed that by locating the Federal Orthopedic Hospital in Kuta, Niger State, its presence would bring healthcare closer to residents of densely populated urban and rural communities at reduced costs.
He added that the hospital when established, would provide services such as diagnosis and treatment from traumatic events such as accidental falls, car accidents, sports injuries and other emergencies.
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