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The anti-malarial drug chloroquine can be administered in France to patients suffering from the severest forms of the coronavirus but only under strict supervision, France’s Health Minister Olivier Veran has said. The Prince’s Government has not indicated where it stands on the controversial treatment.
Some researchers have said chloroquine shows great promise as a treatment, though scientists have agreed that more trials are needed to determine if the drug is really effective and safe.
“The high council recommends not to use this treatment… with the exception of grave cases, hospitalised, on the basis of a decision taken by doctors and under strict surveillance,” Veran told reporters.
Monaco has been close behind France, particularly the Alpes Maritimes, with regards to its Covid-19 response, including the closure of schools and non-essential businesses and imposing a night curfew. It remains to be seen whether the Principality will take the same stance on chloroquine as its neighbour.
Meanwhile, there is now an online coronavirus advice site in France – but available to all – aimed at those who think they have symptoms. At the end of a series of questions, people are advised whether they likely have the virus and are given direction as to further action.
The National Council and government have come together for the 3rd Joint Monitoring Meeting on Covid-19.
As lockdown continues, the fire brigade of Monaco is taking additional steps to ensure the rules of confinement are respected, notably by integrating a drone as part of its public safety repertoire.
The Assembly has unanimously re-elected Stéphane Valeri as President of the National Council, with Brigitte Boccone-Pagès remaining as Vice-President.
Two Monaco-based companies are doing their bit to help during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Monaco Red Cross welcomed 10 employees of CFM Indosuez, the bank specialised in wealth management, on September 26 and October 24, for volunteer days.
The CFM Indosuez Wealth Management Citizen Days are part of the Indosuez Group's overall corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. These volunteer days aim to promote the involvement of employees, encourage local initiatives, and offer local associations a form of support other than financial to accomplish their mission. In total, a dozen individual and collective initiatives were proposed throughout the year in the environmental and social fields.[caption id="attachment_24241" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: : Philippe FITTE/Croix-Rouge monégasque[/caption]
Throughout the morning, employees underwent an introduction to humanitarian aid and participated in an exchange on voluntary engagement. They then followed a training session in the "Stimule t'Oie", a game created by young volunteers of the French Red Cross.
Based on the rules of the game, which involves a goose, this activity was designed for the elderly or those with a loss of autonomy, and uses certain senses and functional abilities, such as touch, smell, memory, and singing, in a shared spirit.
Thanks to the warm welcome of the staff and residents of Bellando de Castro and A Qietüdine residences, the volunteer apprentices successfully generated a fun time around this original game with a double objective: to encourage exchanges between generations and to fight against the isolation of dependent people.
At the end of the experiment, volunteers were left with a unanimous impression: "I have the feeling that we provided a relaxing moment to our elders and that's a very good thing. To be revisited!”
The occasion was a good example of collaboration between the social sector and the private sector, which could lead to other interesting partnerships: "We also conduct first-aid training for staff members of this company," said Frédéric Platini, Secretary General of the Monegasque Red Cross. "This is a fine example of collaboration that we hope to see continue and develop over time."