COVID-19: NCDC warns Nigerians against use of Chloroquine


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned Nigerians against the use of Chloroquine, saying it is not approved for treatment or prevention of COVID-19.

NCDC in a tweet on Friday noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has not approved the use of Chloroquine for COVID-19 management.

The agency said that scientists were working hard to confirm the safety of several drugs for the disease, thus warned citizens against engaging in self-medication.

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“This will cause harm and can lead to death,” it said.

Also, the Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos state Governor, Gboyega Akosile, through his Twitter handle, @Gboyegaakosile, disclosed that hospitals were receiving patients suffering from Chloroquine poisoning.

Akosile attributed the information to the Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos state governor on Health, Dr. OreOluwa Finnih.

He urged the citizens against massive consumption of Chloroquine as a measure to fight the pandemic.

Some Nigerians have started purchasing Chloroquine as a preventive measure against COVID-19, since news broke that China allegedly used Chloroquine as part of treatment for its COVID-19 patients. 

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