Medical experts against malarial drugs chloroquine as cure for Covid-19

Reports that antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine could be used to prevent and cure the coronavirus  (Covid-19) have received a caution from medical experts.

Dr Martin Mwaiponya: A Chloroquine studies in the UK and Brazil were discontinued because the drug lacked promise as a cure or prevention for Covid-19.

Malawi, as many other countries globally, continues to experience a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths with the current statisc showing the country has registered 3 858 cases of coronavirus, 107 deaths and 1 760 recoveries.

Doctors  are urging caution over claims that widely-available antimalarial drugs could be a “magic bullet” to prevent and cure Covid-19.  And the medicines can – if used rashly – have serious side effects.

In quotes reported by The Nation, Malawi’s leading daily, medical experts have dismissed claims that chloroquine cures Covid-19.

Malawian cardiologist based in the United Kingdom (UK), Dr Martin Mwaiponya, dismissed the claim, arguing chloroquine studies in the UK and Brazil were discontinued because the drug lacked promise as a cure or prevention for Covid-19.

“Among patients hospitalised with mild-to-moderate Covid-19, the use of hydroxy-chloroquine alone or with azithromycin, did not improve clinical status in 15 days as compared with standard care,” he said.

Dr Adamson Muula, professor of public health and epidemiology at the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, also dismissed claims that chloroquine cures coronavirus.

He said: “Currently, there is no evidence that hydroxy-chloroquine will achieve what the doctor says is capable of achieving. That evidence does not exist. So, it will be grossly inappropriate for a health worker to be promoting unproven medicines.

“The situation may change, though, as more evidence is gathered. So we will keep our eyes and ears open.”

Dr Amir Khan, a medical doctor and lecturer at University of Leeds School of Medicine and University of Bradford in the UK also warned against the use of hydroxy-chloroquine, claiming it has fatal side effects.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said “there is currently no proof” that hydroxychloroquine is a treatment or a preventative measure against Covid-19.

The WHO said: “The misuse of hydroxy-chloroquine can cause serious side effects and illness and even lead to death.”

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Datstar facebook has the whole explanation about this medicine. check for yourself.

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Madagascar say they have found cure for coronavirus. Why can’t Malawi health official try it.WHO doesn’t care for our African people. They know that they been outclassed by Madagascar that’s why they can’t recommend it. Wake up Africa.
People who created this pandemic are walking free. If this had come from Africa you could have seen how they would have reacted.

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Since there is no other option, why not try the chloroquin? I personally have used chloroquin as treatment for malaria from childhood (early 50s) to date and have never used any other malaria drugs and it works well for me and would not hesitate to use it or recommend to other people to use it. The problem with our Malawian doctors is tat they are waiting for the WHO to tell them that chloroquin was now safe to use but do not carry out any research at all on the medicine. Neither have they tried it on any patient to… Read more »

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CHOYAMBA ANZATHU A ZACHIPATALA TITHANDIZE. TONSE TIKUDZIWA KUTI THUPI LATHANZI CORONA AKALOWA SACHITA KANTHU. NDIYE TIUZENI ZAKUDYA ZOYENERANA NDI MPHABVU YA KORONAYO. TIDYE CHIYANI? CHACHIWIRI; ANZATHU AZACHIPATALA MANTHA KUOPA KULANDITSA PRACTICING CERTIFICATE. MANKHAWA MUDAWAYESA NDIYE MWAONA KUTI ALEPHELA KAPENA ZAMMALUWA ZOMWEZI? AMENE MUNAWAPATSA AFA ANGATI ACHILA ANGATI? Tiuzeni zoona. anthu amene akunenawo ndi amisala kapena abodza ndinu. Mmodzi akunama. koma tiuze side effect ya mankhalawa, which only applies to covid-19 patients only. Why side effects only to COvid-19 patients. ngati mwadyanawo musazatu zimenezo.

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Which one is good between side effect and death?

NTCHANA
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Doctors just want to continue eating this free Covid-19 funds. they should come up with their own tests (research) and prove those doctors who are saying Chloroquein doesn’t cure Corona Virus..

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I gree with you

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Nice one

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Who is to believe between the pro & anti????? The so called experts are contradicting each other so what is the real truth????? If this is the same Chloroquine that we used to use in Malawi, ehy can’t we just use it? It’s for lives to be saved than to be fooled by those who have a hidden agenda.

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takulila chloroquine yemwei nde akutichaniso. universty of malawi under college of medicine do your study , try it out and see. you mean tizidikila kuti UK anena kutichani ? be serious and try to contribute osamangosatila what others are feeding you show world kuti ku malawi mumaganiza

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