The Guild of Medical Directors, the umbrella body of owners of private hospitals in Nigeria Tuesday declared that the herbal mixture from Madagascar, “COVID Organics”, touted by President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar as the magic drug for the treatment of Coronavirus has proven to be ineffective, after all.
In a Press Release made available to the media by the President of the association, Olufemi Emmanuel Babalola, a Professor of ophthalmology, the association said the world is still actively looking for an effective treatment course or a vaccine to curtail and eliminate the dreaded pandemic.
His clarification came on the heels of a viral video of Dr. Stella Immanuel, a Nigeria-trained American-based doctor who claimed to have treated more than 350 patients in her clinic in Houston, Texas with the combination of Hydrocloroquine (HCQ), Zinc and Zithromax.
Babalola described this as “personal unsubstantiated claims”, adding that “other anecdotal claims such as the herbal mixture from Madagascar have subsequently been proven ineffective”.
According to him, medical research has subjected HCQ to intense research. ”While some studies suggest that it is effective, others have come to the opposite conclusion. It is also true that Senegal, where HCQ is routinely used, has one of the lowest Covid-19 case fatality rates in the world at 0.64% compared to 3.4% in the USA.
“As we speak, a study is underway in LUTH on its efficacy and safety. Subsequently, a meta-analysis of all these studies should be undertaken to pool all the results and come up with a summative analysis which will guide clinicians. Until then, all anecdotal claims such as the one from Dr. Stella Immanuel must be taken with a pinch of salt”, he said.
The Guild of Medical Directors is a body of owners of private hospitals in Nigeria and collectively responsible for the management of about 70% of the healthcare needs of Nigerians.