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Africans rush for chloroquine as virus tsunami looms

first_imgAfrica last in line? Even if the effectiveness of the drugs against coronavirus remains for now unproven, concern about securing enough of them already runs deep.Two decades ago, Africa, the continent worst hit by HIV, was last in line to get new antiretroviral AIDS drugs when the treatment emerged from the labs.”If it turns out that chloroquine is effective, Africa, which imports most of its drugs, perhaps won’t be a priority for (the pharmaceutical) industry,” said Professor Yap Boum of Epicenter Africa, the research arm of the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF).France has already imposed a ban on exporting chloroquine and Morocco has requisitioned all stocks of the drug.”You won’t find any in pharmacies in Yaounde, everyone is out of stock,” Boum said, referring to the Cameroonian capital.”Local people have been buying it, apparently without prescription, which is dangerous.”The Cameroonian government has officially asked health professionals “not to yield to the desire for profit” and to avoid prescribing chloroquine preventatively.AFP correspondents report frantic demand in pharmacies in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s economic hub, in the Angolan capital Luanda and also in Malawi — one of a handful of sub-Saharan nations where there are still no recorded cases of coronavirus.The rush is a deep source of anxiety for people with the auto-immune disease called lupus, which is also treated with chloroquine.In the Gabonese capital Libreville, Armelle Oyabi, head of an association of people with lupus, has been closely monitoring purchases at the only pharmacy left in the city that still has chloroquine.”I check that the drug is being given to people who actually need it,” she said.”If we can’t get this drug, we will not only be hit by lupus but also be more vulnerable to coronavirus.”Chloroquine has been part of the medical toolkit from before World War II — it was developed in 1934 as a synthetic derivative of quinine. Topics : Despite loud appeals for caution, Africans are rushing to embrace chloroquine, the venerable anti-malaria drug touted as a possible treatment for coronavirus.From hospitals in Senegal to pharmaceutical companies in South Africa and street sellers in Cameroon, chloroquine has fired hopes of a medicinal fix against a virus that is set to scythe through Africa’s poorly protected countries.Chloroquine and derivatives such as hydroxychloroquine have been used for decades as cheap and safe drugs against malaria, although their effectiveness in this field is now undermined by growing parasite resistance. Small-scale tests in China and France — either unpublished or outside the rigorous framework of mainstream drug trials — suggest that chloroquine reduces virus levels in people with coronavirus.On March 24, President Donald Trump said chloroquine could be a “gift from God” — a comment that sparked strident criticism. Health watchdogs have issued calls for caution until larger clinical trials are carried out, and there have been several recorded deaths from self-medication because of toxic side effects. Despite this, in many settings across Africa, chloroquine has been placed in the front line against coronavirus.center_img Backstreet sales Alice Desclaux, a doctor at the Institute of Development Research (IRD) in Senegal, said the risks from self-medication from chloroquine were largely rooted in illegal sales.”Chloroquine has always been on sale informally in Africa,” she said.”It’s still used to cause abortions” and even for attempted suicide, Desclaux said.In one backstreet pharmacy in Douala, Cameroon’s economic hub, the manager said he had run out of stock.For anyone who wished to order some, “careful, the price has gone up,” he said. A pill now changes hands for the equivalent of 71 US cents, four times more than a month ago.The chloroquine craze is not just affecting the black market for drugs — it is also spurring the production of counterfeit medications.Cameroon’s government has already issued a warning about fake chloroquine, samples of which have surfaced in health centers. Its rise stems partly from desperation, given Africa’s meager capacity to deal with a pandemic on the scale seen in Europe or the United States.Burkina Faso, Cameroon and South Africa have swiftly authorized hospitals to treat virus patients with the drugs.Around half of infected people in Senegal are already being prescribed hydroxychloroquine, Moussa Seydi, a professor at Dakar’s Fann Hospital, told AFP last Thursday.Every patient who was recommended the drug accepted it, “with no exceptions,” he said.In Democratic Republic of Congo, President Felix Tshisekedi last week declared it was “urgent” to produce chloroquine “in industrial quantities”.South Africa has already said it will join a large-scale trial, and one of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical companies has promised to donate half a million pills to the health authorities.last_img read more

UK public schemes name chair of £25bn Brunel partnership

first_imgA collaboration of 10 UK local government pension schemes (LGPS) has appointed Denise Le Gal as independent chair.Le Gal – currently chair of the £2.8bn (€3.3bn) pension fund for Surrey County Council – will lead the board of the collaboration, known as the Brunel Pension Partnership.As well as chairing the Surrey pension fund, Le Gal is a trustee of JP Morgan’s UK pension fund and chair of the pensions committee of the Local Government Association. She also acts as county councils representative for the LGPS’ Scheme Advisory Board and is vice-chairman of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum.In a statement, Brunel said one of Le Gal’s first tasks would be to recruit non-executive directors. These hires would help her implement Brunel’s “strategy, shape, and direction”. John Beesley, chair of the Dorset Pension Fund, said Le Gal’s “knowledge, enthusiasm and will to succeed will be a tremendous asset in shaping the Brunel Company”.Beesley is chair of the “shadow oversight board”, overseeing the initial development of the Brunel project.Brunel has been set up as one of the eight LGPS pools that have emerged following the UK government’s drive for improved scale across local government funds. It is expected to cover roughly £25bn of assets for 10 LPGS funds, comprising Avon, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire, as well as the Environment Agency Pension Fund.Last summer the Brunel schemes set out a plan to pool assets into 22 portfolios. This was projected to save £13m a year by 2021.last_img read more

How to choose a home design

first_imgIf you are building to a budget, be clear with your builder, to ensure the correct required level of finishes are applied to your design. Appliances, fixtures, fittings, hardware, floor and wall finishes, the many different choices surrounding these items can alter your budget considerably. Be clear with your builder which of these items you would like to spend more or less on, to steer your building quotation to suit your budget. ■ Consider the natural weather conditions Do some research on the different land locations, and what the positives are for your top choices. Every land site location is unique. It is important for your house design to work with, not against, your surroundings. Be open about your lifestyle requirements with your builder, and allow them to suggest suitable land options.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 ■ What do you look for in a home? It is essential to decide what your house and land total spend budget is before you go shopping, so make sure you have a discussion with your bank.The shopping process is much easier when you know what your lending capability is. A lot of new home buyers go into the market thinking they have a low budget.After discussing finance with their bank or lending team, many learn they can afford to spend a little more on their home. This enables you to get what you need out of your purchase.Knowing your budget lets you have an honest discussion with your builder, to get the most suitable house and land options available, saving you huge amounts of shopping time. ■ Where would you like to live? Joel Hewitson at his display home at North Shore. Picture: Evan MorganCHOOSING a home design can be one of the most confusing aspects of building a home. Hewitson Homes managing director Joel Hewitson shares his top tips for how to get it right. ■ What is your overall budget?center_img This is a very important step to consider before shopping for or custom designing a home.How many people are to live in your home now? How many people are to live in your home in the future? What are the ages of the residents of the home? Do you require your home to adapt to your changing lifestyle, perhaps ageing residents with adaptable needs? All above considerations will determine the design elements important to you. ■ Consider the different level of finishes available If you would like to avoid airconditioning the home wherever possible, consider how you can cool the home best naturally. If you would like to spend a large amount of time on your patio, alfresco etc, consider the position of these design elements in relation to the sun and breezes. Give thought to window sizes and positions. Will the home be naturally lit to all required zones of your design?last_img read more

The Manning Brothers

first_imgContinuing the theme of siblings in sports–Did you know that there were three Manning brothers who played high school football in Louisiana?  Everybody know Peyton and little brother, Eli, but only the true football fan knows their older brother, Cooper.  His career was cut short by spinal stenosis.  This is a debilitating disease, but it has not kept Cooper from making a name for himself in the business world.Some people say that Cooper was better at football than his two brothers, but this is hard to argue with what Peyton and Eli have accomplished.  Of course, we will never know.  Peyton, now 38,  has been in 13 pro bowls and has one Super Bowl MVP to his name.  He played his college ball in Tennessee and his pro career in both Indianapolis and Denver.Eli, now 33, played his college ball at Mississippi and has been with the New York Giants for his pro career.  He has won two Super Bowl titles and is a 2-time Super Bowl MVP.  The history books will have to decide who really was the best!last_img read more

Football Friday

first_imgHere are my ideas on tonight’s football playoff games!East Central will take on EIAC foe, South Dearborn.  This will most likely be a blowout for the Trojans.  Another 4A battle pits Franklin County against Silver Creek.  The experts pick Franklin County by a touchdown even though Silver Creek has the better record.  I think Franklin County will prevail at home.In 3A, Batesville travels to North Harrison.  This is predicted to be quite a battle since their power rankings are very similar.  John Harrell picks North Harrison by 4 points.  The only advantage I see to North Harrison is that they are playing at home.  In the opposite bracket, Lawrenceburg goes to Greensburg in another EIAC tilt.  Lawrenceburg is a heavy favorite.The final area team in action is Milan.  They will go to Triton Central for their second round game.  Triton is picked by 1 point.  I am thinking that the Indians will get the job done here.Good luck to all of our area schools!last_img read more

Joshua, Pulev battle gets date, venue

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight The location and date of the World Boxing Title match between Kubrat Pulev and Anthony Joshua have already been determined. The epic fight will take place on June 20 (Saturday) at Tottenham Stadium in London. This was written in the draft of the contract, which was received just hours ago at Kubrat Pulev’s headquarters. The information was confirmed by Pulev’s Ivaylo Gotsev. Gotsev announced that 35 per cent of the tickets for the Joshua-Pulev fight are guaranteed to the Bulgarian public.Tags: Anthony JoshuaBulgariaIvaylo GotseyKubrat Pulevlast_img read more

Arsenal dealt Wilshere blow

first_img The 22-year-old frantically waved his arms in pain after his foot was caught by Daniel Agger in a robust challenge in the 12th minute of Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Wembley. Wilshere returned to the field after treatment and played on until the 59th minute, revealing afterwards he suffered no ill effects from the challenge. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere faces six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a hairline fracture in his left foot during England’s friendly international with Denmark. “We have all been working hard in training trying to impress the manager, but at the end of the day, it is your club form which will get you in. “These next two months are crucial, it is a big time of the season and then when the England squad is announced, you can only perform to the best of your ability.” The prognosis means Wilshere will miss at least eight Arsenal matches, before making his Premier League return in the trip to Hull on April 19. As well as harming the Gunners, that will give the midfielder little time to get himself match fit before Roy Hodgson names his World Cup squad on May 13. The England boss spoke after the match of his hopes that nobody would join Theo Walcott in missing the tournament and struck a relieved figure after Wilshere appeared to avoid serious injury. “The last thing I want is to send players back injured especially when Arsenal have so many important games coming up, so we were delighted when he got up and we were told it was just a kick on the foot,” the England manager said. “I am hoping that when he goes back to Arsenal they will soon put that right and that he will be fit for Saturday.” However, Arsenal followed-up the Football Association’s initial scans on Thursday and found a fracture which will see the midfielder miss the next six weeks. “Jack Wilshere has sustained a hairline fracture to the navicular bone in his left foot,” a joint statement by Arsenal and the FA said. “Wilshere suffered the injury during England’s international match with Denmark on Wednesday night at Wembley Stadium, in which he played 59 minutes. “Following initial scans carried out by the FA on Wednesday night, further investigation by Arsenal’s medical team has discovered a crack to a small bone in Jack’s left foot – the navicular, an area of his foot which has not been previously injured. “Jack will now require a period of approximately six weeks’ rehabilitation, before starting to regain his match fitness.” The injury is a huge blow to Arsenal, whose crucial run-in to the season continues with an FA Cup quarter-final against Everton on Saturday. The news will no doubt have been a huge surprise to Wilshere, who confidently told reporters after the match that he was fine before speaking of his desire to finish the season strong with Arsenal. “It is a bit sore, but just a bruise,” he said. “I have had a scan already and I will be all right. Press Associationlast_img read more

Dalung, Obanikoro, Tandoh Hail Aregbesola’s Feat against Oshonaike

first_imgTeam Lagos teenager, Nimota Aregbesola, who created a shocking upset by beating veteran Funke Oshonaike in the women table tennis event of the ongoing Abuja 2018 National Sports Festival, has continued to receive commendations for making a feat not expected of her career.Aregbesola, a product of Lagos State grassroots sports development programme, shocked sixth-time Olympian Oshonaike in the women’s singles on Monday, beating the former Commonwealth Games champion 4-3, a feat which has attracted attention in the Nigerian sports circle and the media.Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, described Aregbesola as a brave fighter who was not intimidated by the pedigree of Oshonaike in the ping pong game.“I was so happy when I heard of the news of her exploits. This is a good one for our sports. I must commend her effort,” the minister said on Tuesday when he was around during table tennis medal presentations. Former Minister of State (Defence), Musiliu Obanikoro praised Aregbesola for making Lagos State proud and fought herself into the national limelight.“I’m so much happy that a player from my state could make a great feat like this. This shows that the sports authority in Lagos has done a good job on our athletes. To me, sports festival should not be about recycling athletes, but giving our young athletes the opportunity to make it to the stardom,” said Obanikoro.Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Adedayo Tandoh, said he was impressed with the performance of Aregbesola in the table tennis event, adding that the young girl was just coming from her outing at the 50th edition of Asoju Oba Table Tennis Championship which was held recently in Lagos.“Nimota just expressed what she had been learning from our sports development and it shows that we are on course on what we are doing in Lagos,” Tandoh said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Cazenovia football makes Class C return in September

first_imgThe sectional playoffs will start Oct. 30, with semifinals a week later and the title games Nov. 13 and 15 at the Carrier Dome.Defending sectional Class B champion Solvay also moved into the C ranks. So did Bishop Ludden as they join a C-2 division with Skaneateles, Canastota, Clinton, Little Falls, Westmoreland and Sherburne-Earlville.Among other things, the move by Cazenovia breaks up its rivalries with B East division foes that includes Chittenango, who remains in that division with Oneida, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, Camden, Central Valley Academy and New Hartford.The Bears will open its season Sept. 10 against visiting Homer, with another non-league game Sept. 18 at Cortland before its slate of B East games that starts Sept. 25 at New Hartford. VVS, Camden and CVA all must travel to Chittenango in October.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CazenoviaChittenangofootball Even as the question of whether there will be a high school spring sports season remains open, plans are already in place for when Section III football returns in September.And when it does, Cazenovia will face a new group of opponents as it has made the move from Class B to C.A long, successful stint by the Lakers in the B East division that included a string of league and sectional titles, plus the 2015 state championship, has ended as many changes have taken place throughout the sectional ranks, in all classes.center_img Cazenovia is now in the C-1 division, one of two eight-team leagues in Class C. They join defending sectional champion Lowville, General Brown, Hannibal, Holland Patent, Jordan-Elbridge, Mount Markham and Southern Hills, the combined team that includes athletes from Tully, LaFayette and Fabius-Pompey.In fact, it’s the Southern Hills Thunder that serves as the Lakers’ first opponent in the Sept. 11 opener at 7 p.m. Back-to-back home games at Buckley-Volo Field follow as Cazenovia welcomes Mount Markham and Hannibal.From there, Cazenovia’s lone remaining home test is Oct. 10 against Jordan-Elbridge, bridging trips to Lowville, Holland Patent and General Brown in what could prove a tough back end to the schedule.last_img read more