Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said the World Health Organisation (WHO) cannot direct the country on how to fights the COVID-19 pandemic.
WHO had on Monday, directed that solidarity trial of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients be suspended.
Giving reasons for the suspension, the Director-General of the health agency, Tedros Ghebreyesus, explained that its decision to suspend the trial was due to safety concerns.
Mamora, speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, said WHO only provides guidelines for countries.
“We are still working on drugs. Don’t forget that even the hydroxychloroquine is still being worked on as we speak. It’s important for us to make it clear that the WHO does not dictate to countries as to what to do.
“They only provide guidance and guidelines, not dictate, because the reality is that each country is expected to look at those realities on ground and leave room for innovation, flexibility and adaptation as dictated by the realities on ground in each country,” he said.
Nigeria currently has 8,733 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country.
Of that number, 2,501 have been discharged, while 254 have died.