ALGIERS- The treatment protocol including chloroquine administered to patients with Covid-19 has proved “almost 100%” effective, specialists told APS.
The head of the Infectious Diseases department at the Boufarik public hospital (Blida), Dr. Mohmaed Yousfi indicated that 150 of the 300 patients with Covid-19, hospitalized since March 23, 2020 at this facility, had left the hospital, fully recovered after being treated with either Chloroquine or antivirals.
“90% of the cases responded very well to this treatment protocol recommended by the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform,” he said, adding that the “recent analysis results for these patients have demonstrated complete healing. ”
In this regard, he reported an “almost total effectiveness” of this treatment to which patients are subjected and whose state of health is experiencing a positive evolution from day to day.
For his part, the Director General of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Prof. Lyes Rehal stressed that the therapeutic protocol based on Chloroquine, recommended by the Ministry of Health has shown its effectiveness in most patients.
In the same context, he specified that 69.4% of the 5,000 patients treated, from March 24 to date, were subjected to treatment with Chloroquine for a maximum period of 10 days.
“21.3% of the aforementioned sample received treatment with chloroquine for a period ranging from 5 to 6 days and only 1.8% received this treatment for a period from one (01) day to 5 days “, Pr Rehal , also a member of the Scientific Committee for monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus pandemic, told APS.
The Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Abderrahmane Benbouzid, had reported the availability of more than 250,000 boxes of chloroquine at the level of the Central Pharmacy of Hospitals (PCH), estimating that this quantity was “sufficient “to deal with the cases recorded daily pending the development of its production locally in the coming days.