The whole world is struggling to find a cure for COVID-19 and Pakistan has also joined the bandwagon to find much-needed medicine. Reportedly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is overseeing the development of virus treatment in Pakistan.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is monitoring a study about the making of COVID-19 medicine in the country. WHO would assist discover the efficacy of anti-Malaria medicines while nursing the COVID-19 patients, sources said.
The development began after Getz Pharma tied hands with the University of Health Sciences in Lahore to further research plans. Furthermore, Getz Pharma is Pakistan’s only WHO certified production company. Besides, the research projects contain clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial medicine told to be useful against the COVID-19. This will push the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency permission of the drug. Earlier, US President Donald Trump had also told about hydroxychloroquine drug for its effectiveness against coronavirus.
The Managing Director and CEO of Getz Pharma, Khalid Mahmood, talked to a private news channel and said, “Under this initiative, we are supporting the University of Health Sciences, Lahore, for research that includes clinical trials of the drug,”.
“The virus is mutating as it moves from one population. There is a need to examine the coronavirus in Pakistan more. This initiative would help on all these lines and lead to better results and other initiatives.”
Getz provides testing kits and PPE
Besides, the Getz Pharma, meanwhile, distributed 15,000 testing kits along with 1.9 million pills of hydroxychloroquine to the Sindh government. Moreover, the pharmaceutical company in a statement announced to have distributed 1,500 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and nurses. The PPEs have been sent to over 50 hospitals, quarantine wards, isolation centers and dispensaries in Sindh, such as Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Nawabshah, and Larkana.
Moreover, the adviser to the Sindh chief minister Barrister Murtaza Wahab also appreciated the Getz Pharma for its donation to the provincial government. Earlier, the Sindh government rebuked the federal government for not supplying testing kits.
Getz Pharma has donated 15000 rapid anti body testing kits, about 1.9 Million hydroxychloroquine tablets & 1500 personal protective equipment to #SindhGovt. On behalf of the Govt & people of Sindh, my heartfelt appreciation & gratitude to the management of Getz Pharma. Thank you
— SenatorMurtaza Wahab (@murtazawahab1) April 15, 2020
Moreover, former director-general radio Pakistan, Murtaza Solangi also lauded Getz Pharma and said, “Wonderful. Thank you Getz Pharma and everybody else pitching in the effort to help people in the difficult hour.”
Besides, Mr. Mahmood of Getz company praised the recent trials of the scientists at the Dow University of Health Sciences for developing an immunoglobulin or passive immunity for treating COVID-19 patients.
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