NIMR now Covid-19 drugs research centre

08May 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
NIMR now Covid-19 drugs research centre

NEW work schedule has been set out by the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children upon the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) to conduct research on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Faustine Ndugulile, the deputy minister, said when issuing the directive yesterday that there are great differences in the symptoms found on patients in Tanzania compared to those outside the country.

He issued the directive yesterday in Dar es Salaam when he met with the institute’s researchers for discussion on the state of infections and the kind of treatment after the discovery of the symptoms difference.

“There are a lot of issues that we need to conduct scientific research about. One is the understanding among the society, we want to know the kind of people who suffer, which other diseases they have and what kinds of symptoms they show,” said Dr Ndugulile.

He said through this research the government wants to know the kinds of treatment the sufferers are supposed to get to ensure the pandemic in controlled in the country.

“From the huge response on traditional and alternative cures I direct our experts through this meeting to mobilize to do research and come up with results on the treatment of Covid-19,” he said.

The government has agreed with the researchers to work on the directive in a short time and provide results that will assist in fighting the pandemic, he emphasized.

NIMR Director General Prof Yunus Mgaya said the fight against the disease is a war that needs research that will assist in getting the right ways of dealing with its infections.

“We know that African societies have expertise in herbs. In this there are various researches being conducted to investigate the ability of such herbs in reducing the severity of Covid-19,” he elaborated.

So far, confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in the country stand at 480, with 16 fatalities and 197 recoveries.