Chloroquine Will Only Work At Starting Stage To Cure Coronavirus- Don
The Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Professor Peace Chinedum Babalola on Wednesday urged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on how chloroquine can be used in the treating COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Babalola, who is also a Professor of Pharmaceutical Science explained that chloroquine, if used at the early stage will not only cure Coronavirus but also stop the virus from replicating itself.
She made this known in an interview with newsmen at the premises of the institution on Wednesday in Abeokuta.
The don attributed the failure of the clinic trials of chloroquine in some quarters to the dosages and the stage at which it is applied in the treatment of COVID-19.
She however blamed the controversies surrounding clinical trials of Chloroquine for Coronavirus treatment on politics among the key players in the world health sector.
Babalola said ”Most of the trials have failed because almost 90 percent of the application is done at the severe stage, when the virus would have eaten deeper into the patients’ body.
“Chloroquine is actually being used to treat what we called auto-immune diseases. Chloroquine is used by the western world today more than Africa to treat auto-immune disease.
” Coronavirus is an auto-immune disease that triggers something and your immunity begins to fight it.
”Study has also shown that chloroquine will only work at starting stage. There are many stages of the virus around five. Chloroquine has a long life line; it helps you not to allow the virus to key into the body and when the virus is already there, it helps in prevent replication.
“Why do we have conflicting results?
Almost 90 per cent of the people that are saying chloroquine did not work are using chloroquine at that severe level when it is not very effective; it is already too late by the time you are using ventilators and all that, because the body is looking for oxygen.
“The other thing is that they said why chloroquine is toxic. This is because the dosages they are using are also at toxic levels. They are higher than doses we are proposing. So, some of those doses are high and we are proposing that the doses should be reduced. They should be higher than what we used for malaria because within three to four days, the parasite is gone, but for coronavirus, it engages so many organs, you can use it for longer period of five days and beyond.”
The Pharmacist, however, called for proper and randomised clinical trial of Chloroquine for the treatment of Coronavirus.
She equally called for collaboration between Orthodox and herbal medicine on the research and development of cure for the virus.
The VC who acknowledged the potentials of herbal medicine, adding that Nigeria has no fewer than 8,000 documented medicinal plants.C