According to Lagos State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, at least 600 persons have been shortlisted for the upcoming Chloroquine trials.
Mr. Omotoso aldo said that a separate board would be put in place to monitor the trials and report back to the State Government.
Omotoso said, “In summary, we will be looking at about 600 patients. The trial will go on till we recruit the required number. There will be an independent Data and Safety Board. The board can advise that study be discontinued if the statistical evidence of the usefulness of a drug is overwhelming and in which case it becomes unethical to withhold it from other groups.”
“That was also epic in Lagos and it gave Lagos some understanding about how serious infectious disease could be managed. We have an Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba and even after the Ebola case, we had some international grants and over the last two to three years, we have built what we call a biosecurity lab level four, which can match any of its kind in the world,” he said.