News Local Cyprus re-evaluating chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 patients

Cyprus re-evaluating chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 patients

The Health Ministry has advised doctors to curtail the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine on some COVID-19 patients amid renewed concerns that the drugs could trigger heart problems and put lives at risk.

The ministry urged doctors to be “particularly vigilant” and to even stop administering the two substances to COVID-19 patients with pre-existing heart conditions.

An advisory body of medical experts is re-evaluating the use of the drugs and may revise its directives, it said.

The announcement came after the World Health Organization said it would temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments.

A paper published last week in the Lancet showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems than those that were not.

 

Top Stories

Arson attempt against 29-year-old’s car

An arson attempt against the car of a 29-year-old man from Agios Athanasion took place on Tuesday at noon. According to information, the culprits placed...

Defense Minister: Enhancing relations with Gulf states a priority

Enhancing our relations with Gulf states, which are developed militarily and have significant capabilities and defence equipment, is among our priorities, Cyprus Minister of...

Temperature in Cyprus tonight at -6 C

This afternoon the weather will be mainly fine but chilly while Troodos mountain will be covered with frost. In the evening the weather will...

Doctor says lockdown “expression of our incompetence”

In a posting on social media, pulmonologist Charis Armeftis is wondering whether the “lockdown is nothing more than the expression of our incompetence?”  He...

Some 3.7 million euros to farmers due to coronavirus

So far, an amount of 2.4 million euros has been deposited in the accounts of producers who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...