…Says palliative care is a holistic treatment to improve quality of life of patient facing life-threatening illness – WHO
By Our Reporter
Abuja – Dr Ogbonna Nwabuko a hematologist, has said that COVID-19, also known as SARS-CoV-2, just like many other viruses could be self-limiting in nature.
According to him,”Self-limiting” in this context means that it can disappear on its own after completing it’s life cycle (which is usually 14-21 days) in the human body, with or without treatment.
He further said that “The new WHO definition of Palliative care (treatment) is a holistic treatment to improve the quality of life of a patient and family facing life-threatening illnesses.
“There are two strategic approaches of achieving holistic care – they are preventive and supportive treatments. Prevention involves use of vaccine (immunisation) to prevent a disease. It is the safest mode of treatment.
“It is so laughable when someone tells me that hydroxyCQ is not a treatment. It is equally laughable when someone says immune booster is not a treatment. They are all treatment, but their outcomes vary. Will you be surprise to hear that the food you eat is a treatment? The food supplement you take is a treatment.
He noted that there are basically two types of treatment: definitive and non-definitive treatment.
“As an illustration, I define what each type of the treatment is. If someone suffers malaria and you give him anti-malarial regimen (artesunste for instance), it is a definitive treatment. If someone presents to a clinic with high-grade fever (39 degree Centigrade, for instance) and you have not established the cause of the fever, and you go ahead and administer paracetamol injection ( or oral pills), it is a non-definitive treatment. In both therapeutic interventions, you want to achieve two things: relieve the suffering of the patient and improve the quality of life.
“Hydroxychloroquine is one of the treatment currently used for COVID-19 patients, but it is a non-definitive treatment. HydroxyCQ has not been established to have the capacity to eradicate Severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome- Coronavirus-2 sub-type (SARS-CoV-2). But it is a key player in the palliative care of people living with COVID-19.
Someone may ask why do some people who suffer COVID-19 turn negative after sometime? It is because, COVID-19, also known as SARS-CoV-2, just like many other viruses could be self-limiting in nature. “Self-limiting” in this context means that it can disappear on its own after completing it’s life cycle (which is usually 14-21 days) in the human body, with or without treatment. But this may not be the same for everybody. For people who have low immunity or who suffer other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and the aged, the virus may leave them with either severe morbidities (complications) or mortalities (deaths), he added.