The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has warned the general public against self-medication, abuse and misuse of chloroquine as a cure for coronavirus.
The PTF Chairman, who spoke on Thursday at the daily briefing by the PTF in Abuja, stated that the government had received reports of massive purchase of chloroquine as purported the virus.
He said: “Through the surveillance system set up by the PTF, we have received reports that Nigerians have been purchasing hydroxychloroquine in large quantities.’’
He stated that the drug has not been certified for use in treating COVID-19 in Nigeria and urged the general public to desist from self-medication.
The PTF Chairman stated: “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.”