Only Nigeria, Ghana, 16 other african countries obeyed treatment guidelines, says WHO
The World Health Organisation has said nigeria, ghana, Angola, Mali and 14 other African countries complied with its recommendation to include corticosteroids in their national treatment guidelines in COVID-19 treatment while nine others included unapproved medications.
Online sources identified corticosteroids as man-made drugs that closely resemble cortisol, a hormone that one’s adrenal glands produce naturally.
The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, stated on Thursday during a virtual press conference that in a WHO survey to which 30 African countries responded, only 18 countries had included corticosteroids in their national treatment guidelines, as recommended by the international health agency.
He added that nine countries were including medications not recommended by the organisation in treating COVID-19, such as hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir.
In email exchanges with our correspondent on Friday, the Sub-pillar Lead for Case Management, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Dr John Appiah Adabie, said the 30 countries who responded to the survey were Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, gabon, ghana, guinea, guinea-bissau and Kenya.
Others were Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, namibia, niger, nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia.
He noted that the 18 countries who complied with the organisation’s recommendation included Angola, Algeria, CAR, Chad, Congo, Eritrea, ghana, guinea, guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, namibia, nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa.