Covid-19: the University of Lomé appoints an ad hoc commission of researchers to find efficient treatment against the virus

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 17:14
Covid-19: the University of Lomé appoints an ad hoc commission of researchers to find efficient treatment against the virus

(Togo First) - The University of Lomé (UL) has put in place an ad hoc commission to research efficient treatments against the coronavirus (Covid-19). 

The commission regroups biologists, microbiologists, infectiologists, virologists, pharmacists, pharmacologists, jurists, economists, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists. 

According to the president of the University of Lomé, Prof. Dodzi Kokoroko, “they will test various molecules they already have in their respective laboratories on the Covid-19 virus, isolate some of their active ingredients, and in combination with traditional medicine proceed to clinical trials.” 

Already, some sources mention the combination of chloroquine and Azithromycin as recommended by French Professor Didier Raoult. Apivirine, a herbal drug, also gave encouraging results in Burkina Faso, as well as local traditional medicine. 

A budget of XOF40 million will be allocated to the commission for the research. 

Also, the team of Togolese scientists will have access to the state-of-the-art laboratories of the Regional Centre of Excellence for Avian Sciences (CERSA) in addition to the ESTEBA’s microbiology and food quality control laboratory (LAMICODA). 

The commission will be led by the national chief of scientific research, Prof. Kouami Kokou. 

At present, Togo has reported 36 Covid-19 cases, 10 of whom have recovered, two deaths and 24 undergoing treatment. While it was revealed that the two dead individuals had health issues, no detail was disclosed regarding treatments administered to the 10 that recovered.

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