Coronavirus News : Centre expands use of hydroxychloroquine for asymptomatic frontline workers
Coronavirus news: Centre expands use of hydroxychloroquine for asymptomatic frontline workers
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has revised its advisory on the use of hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic against the coronavirus, ANI reported on Friday. The ministry’s decision came after the National Task Force, constituted by the Indian Council of Medical Research, reviewed and recommended the use of the drug for coronavirus patients.
The National Task Force recommended administration of HCQ to asymptomatic healthcare workers in Covid-19 hospitals as well as those working in non-COVID-19 facilities. It said the dose should also be taken by asymptomatic frontline workers and asymptomatic household contacts of coronavirus patients.
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An ICMR advisory released on Friday said that the health body undertook investigation at three (unidentified) central government hospitals in Delhi, The Print reported. It said the results of the investigation indicate that “healthcare workers involved in Covid-19 care, those on HCQ prophylaxis were less likely to develop SARS-CoV-2 [Covid-19] infection, compared to those who were not on it”.
The advisory added that the National Institute of Virology in Pune has found that the administration of HCQ reduces viral load in patients. ICMR also analysed data collected previously, known as retrospective case-control analysis, and found “a significant” relationship between “the number of doses taken and frequency of occurrence of Covid-19...
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