Coronavirus: WHO disagrees with Trump on chloroquine


The World Health Organisation has disagreed  with President Donald Trump of the United States on the use of chloroquine to treat Coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID -19.

Trump had on Thursday said chloroquine has been approved for treatment of Coronavirus patients in the United States.

But WHO said there has been no proof of chloroquine’s effectiveness in treating the disease.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti,  said this during an online media briefing on Thursday.

According to her: “We are aware of some trials of the use of chloroquine in dealing with some previous coronaviruses, not this virus.

“We are not aware of any evidence that demonstrates that this is one of the medicines that could be used but we can find out some more information about that.

“There is a number of ongoing trials of other medicines and we are awaiting the outcomes of those observations. But for now, we are not aware of any conclusive evidence to show that chloroquine could be effective in treating this virus.”