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Hydroxychloroquine linked to higher risk of death in Covid-19 patients- Study

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Hydroxychloroquine linked to higher risk of death in Covid-19 patients- Study

Hydroxychloroquine which President Donald Trump once touted as a solution to coronavirus is not as effective after all, according to an observational study of nearly 100,000 coronavirus patients who received antimalarial drugs-including hydroxychloroquine.

The study found that the patients on whom the drug was applied had an increased risk of death or cardiac issue.

The findings, published yesterday in the medical journal, The Lancet, surveyed 96,000 coronavirus patients across six continents.

It is regarded as the biggest analysis yet of the use of antimalarial drugs to treat Covid-19

The report showed that the risk of death was 34% higher in patients who received hydroxychloroquine.

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They also had a 137% higher risk of developing heart arrhythmia.

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The risks rose higher for patients who took hydroxychloroquine with an antibiotic:45% risk of death and 411% risk of arrhythmia.

Experts said yesterday that although The Lancet findings emerged only from an analysis of medical records and not from a controlled study, the size of the analysis offers scientists a basis to conclude that the drug can cause more harm than good if used to treat coronavirus.

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There is little evidence yet that hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine is effective in the treatment of coronavirus.

Only last Thursday, the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 warned Nigerians against resort to the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating coronavirus.

The Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha,  declared in Abuja that the drug had not been certified for use.

Mustapha, who doubles as  Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), told reporters in Abuja that reports reaching it from its surveillance system that Nigerians had been purchasing hydroxychloroquine in large quantities to treat the virus.

He said:” We wish to reiterate that this drug has not being certified for use in treating COVID-19 in Nigeria by the relevant health and pharmaceutical authorities.

“Self-medication of any kind is fraught with the danger of increasing risks of avoidable casualties. We, therefore, strongly warn against self-medication.

“If you are sick, please seek medical advice and if you are confirmed positive, kindly self-isolate in an approved facility, the COVID-19 is highly infectious and dangerous.”

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CAN gets new exco in Plateau

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Plateau Chapter, has elected new officials who would steer its affairs for the next three years.

The election held on Saturday in Jos, had Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos emerged as Chairman.

Lubo, who took over from Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang, had served as the State Secretary of the association in the state.
In a keenly contested election, Lubo scored 43 votes to defeat his opponent, Rev Dr. Steven Dangana of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) who secured 36 votes.

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Other officials elected are Bishop Stanley Fube, Secretary, Senior Apostle Maximian Ewurum, Assistant Secretary, and Rev Dr. Laje of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) emerged, Treasurer.

Speaking to Journalists shortly after taking the oath of office, Lubo, the newly elected chairman, promised to stand for the course of Christians in the state.

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He added that one of his cardinal agenda would be to unite all Christians in the state.

“I am praying to God to give me the wisdom and strength to stand for the right of Christians

“We shall work hard to unite all Christians irrespective of our denominations in Plateau,” he said.

The Newsmen reports that the election was conducted by Rev. Dr. Israel Akanji, the Chairman of CAN in the North Central Zone.

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Sokoto discharges all 101 COVID-19 patients

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Sokoto is currently COVID-19 free after discharging all 101 isolated Coronavirus patients in the state.

The state’s commissioner for health, Dr Ali Inname also disclosed that the state recorded 14 Coronavirus deaths at a news conference.

He said the first index case was recorded on April 19 with 731 samples collected, while 655 contacts completed a 14 day follow up.

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Inname explained that the Sokoto State Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 which he heads, received 839 alerts from across the state and that all of them were investigated.

He added that the patients were from eight local government areas of the state.

Men constituted 85 per cent of the patient population, while women made up the remaining 24 per cent.

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The commissioner who advised residents of the state to observe safety guidelines to curb the spread of Coronavirus said that the committee’s activities would continue as many test results were still pending.

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Pastor Adeboye celebrates Kumuyi as he clocks 79

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Pastor Adeboye celebrates Kumuyi as he clocks 79

Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye celebrated William Folorunso Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, as he clocked 79 today.

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The General overseer of RCCG  took to Twitter as he prayed to God to grant Kumuyi the ability to end well.

He said: “Happy birthday beloved Pastor W.F Kumuyi.

“Pastor F.A Adeboye and I join the rest of the world to celebrate God’s faithfulness in your life, family, and ministry.

“May you finish strong and end very well in Jesus’ name.”

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