Stop buying: Nigeria issues hydroxychloroquine warning
By Steve Mogbo
1 week ago
- Top Stories
Nigeria’s COVID-19 Task Force has warned the public against buying large quantity of hydroxychloroquine to treat the novel Coronavirus.
It said the drug had not been certified for use.
Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), gave the warning at the PTF COVID-19 daily press briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
He said the body had received reports that Nigerians have been buying hydroxychloroquine in large quantity to treat the virus.
“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,” he said.
According to him, “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”.
He stated that the PTF has continued to receive support, donation of equipment and solidarity messages from professional organisations.
He acknowledged the support of Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) and the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN).
Others were the NNPC and its partner, Messrs OCEA S.A, through its Nigerian representative, Mystrose Defense Systems Ltd.
Mustapha said May 20th served as a reminder to the world about the severity of the COVID-19 when the World Health Organisation (WHO) reminded the world that there was still a long way to go in fighting the pandemic
Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director General said 106,000 cases were recorded globally in 24 hours, representing the highest single day number since the outbreak of the pandemic.
“This is significant because it brings to realisation, the relentless assault of the virus on humanity,” Tedros said.
Mustapaha added that for Nigeria, the importance of such message was clear, adding that there is need to eschew skepticism about the existence of COVID-19 and its potency.
He called for a change in behaviour, while urging citizens to join hands in tackling the pandemic.[NewsNaira]
Share this article!
Others are also reading
What is News₦aira Income Program(News₦IP)
News₦aira Income Program (News₦IP) is a system aimed at raising revenue for registered users that browse the NewsNaira Website. An online program driven by a goal of solving the financial problems among the youths, students, middle class and whoever wishes to take advantage of earning opportunity and making money online legitimately in Nigeria as it creates the channel for participants to earn residual income on weekly basis.
How News₦IP Works
News₦aira has 2 means of generating income for our members.
News₦AP: NewsNaira Affiliate Program - With News₦AP, participants earns ₦1,000 whenever they refer anyone to join NewsNaira Income Program. There is no limit to how many people you can refer.
News₦ARS: NewsNaira Ad Revenue Sharing - With News₦ARS, participants earns residual income bonus by reading news, commentting on articles, publishing forum posts, daily login to their NewsNaira account, and even sharing assigned sponsored post on social media.
We share our ads revenue with you weekly when you make NewsNaira community your news and information household.