Morocco to resume use of chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine for advanced COVID-19 treatment
London, May 5, 2021 (AltAfrica)- Morocco is to resume the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of advanced coronavirus
Morocco’s Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that it will re-supply pharmacies with essential medicines containing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in sufficient quantities, starting June 1.
The decision according to the ministry of health is based on several clinical trials emphasizing the effectiveness of chloroquine to help treat people with COVID-19.
Last year, Morocco decided to use chloroquine-based medicines as a treatment for COVID-19
However, the ministry said in a statement that it would limit the supply of the medicines to the hospitals to ensure judicious use
Amid concerns about the side effects of the medicine, the Ministry of Health said chloroquine helped in treating patients and prevented mass deaths.
Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquinen are most commonly used as an antimalarial drug.
Morocco has confirmed 511, 912 COVID-19 cases, including 498, 624 recoveries, and 9, 032 deaths.
The Ministry of Health expressed satisfaction with the ongoing national vaccination campaign, saying it has shown a good response from citizens.
To date, Morocco vaccinated 5,107, 128 people with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Approximately 4, 282, 269 people received the second dose of the vaccine.
The North African country is aiming to vaccinate 33 million of the total population.
The ministry said the vaccination received a “high turnout” from Moroccans. It committed to re-supplying pharmacies with the medicines using “compulsory tracking and monitoring of the national reserve and the degree of consumption.”
Meanwhile, Morocco’s government will extend the state of emergency by one more month on Thursday, May 6.
The state of emergency, which has been extended since March 2020, is due to run until May 10. The government continued to renew the measure as part of the efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.
While citizens are expecting ease of lockdown measures due to vaccination campaign development, others believe that the government will introduce more restrictions due to the emergence of the Indian variant of COVID-19.