Experts laud WHO on effective Ebola drugs

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Medical experts in Lagos have lauded the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the newly developed “more effective” new Ebola treatment drugs, calling for community sensitisation on acceptance of such drugs.

 

They are a Medical Researcher, Dr Bamidele Iwalokun, and Prof. Akin Osibogun, a Professor of Public Health, and former Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos.

 

Others are Dr Okunola Olusola, the Deputy Director, World Safety Organisation in Nigeria and Mr Clement Olaifa, Lagos State Chairman, Association of General Private Nursing Practitioners.

The experts spoke with the press on the WHO’s recent announcement that two of four Ebola treatment drugs have been determined “more effective” than the others.

 

They also advised Nigerians to maintain a state of continued watchfulness to combat infectious diseases, including Ebola virus.

 

WHO had, in a statement said that two of the four Ebola treatment drugs, REGN-EB3 and mAb114, were determined to be more effective in treating Ebola than the other two in trial.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a rare, but severe, often fatal illness in humans.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

Iwalokun, also the Head, Immunology and Vaccinology Research Department, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos, said that community sensitisation was very important.

He said there was need to sensitise the public on the need to accept such drugs, adding acceptability and understanding of what the drugs could do, goes a long way.

Iwalokun said they need to know the effectiveness of the drugs, adding that such drugs would not be available at the pharmacy store because they were trial drugs.

 

L.Nasir