Importers are being allowed to bring in more stocks of hydroxychloroquine to help treat novel coronavirus cases in Ghana.
Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, said he had given authorisation to the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to allow its use despite it not being on Ghana’s drugs list.
“On mentioning hydroxychloroquine, I just want to inform the nation that the laws of our country allow the Health Minister to issue what we call emergency use authorisation to FDA to allow or permit manufacturers and importers to bring in drugs that are not on our drug list,” Mr Agyemang Manu explained.
“We issued the authorisation and the FDA has on that note, permitted some manufacturers in the country to bring in the active pharmaceutical ingredients or even import if they can source from outside to augment the stocks we have in the country.”
At the moment, he said the country had enough hydroxychloroquine stocks “to take care of all the people we have on admission.”
Ghana currently has 195 novel coronavirus cases.
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