HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE IS NOT CERTIFIED FOR TREATING COVID-19 IN NIGERIA – BOSS MUSTAPHA
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has raised the alarm that the Government had received reports of abuse and misuse of hydroxychloroquine as a cure for Coronavirus.
Speaking at a PTF conference in Abuja, he said, “Through the surveillance system set up by the PTF, we have received reports that Nigerians have been purchasing hydroxychloroquine in large quantities.
“We wish to reiterate that this drug has not been certified for use in treating COVID-19 in Nigeria by the relevant health and pharmaceutical authorities. Self-medication of any kind is fraught with the danger of increasing risks of avoidable casualties.
“We, therefore strongly warn against self-medication. If you are sick, please seek medical advice, and if you are confirmed positive, kindly self-isolate in an approved facility. The COVID-19 is highly infectious and dangerous.”
US President, Donald Trump, has also been taking Hydroxychloroquine to ward off COVID-19.
Trump said he has “heard a lot of good stories” about hydroxychloroquine, and claimed there is no evidence of harmful side-effects from taking it.
His previous claims in March that the drug could be a “game changer” in the pandemic prompted many people, including Australian businessman and politician, Clive Palmer, to suggest stockpiling and distribution of the drug to the public.