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Chloroquine not approved for Coronavirus treatment– NCDC warns Nigerians


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned that Chloroquine has not been approved for treatment of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, gave the warning in Abuja on Thursday, while reacting to the recent media reports that suggested that chloroquine could protect people from COVID-19 or treat COVID-19 in patients.

”Nigerians should please remember that the utilization of chloroquine and its derivatives for the management of COVID-19 disease has not been validated and approved by the planet Health Organisation (WHO)”.

”There are promising results by researchers but until then, the drug isn't approved to be used for COVID-19 treatment.

”Nigerians should know that self-medication can cause harm and cause death.



“Do not misuse drugs. We understand these are challenging times, and Nigerians could also be worried, but the Federal Ministry of Health(FMoH), through the NCDC is doing everything it can to still make sure the safety and health security of each Nigerian.

“Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine haven't been licensed to treat COVID-19 related symptoms or prevent infection,” he said.

The NCDC boss said that clinical trials were still ongoing to check chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as an agent within the treatment of COVID-19 or to stop COVID-19 infection.

He said that these clinical trials were still not completed, so no conclusions are reached on the security and effectiveness of this medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19.

He said that until the WHO, have clear, definitive evidence that these treatments were safe and effective for the treatment of COVID-19, it mustn't be misused.

In addition to responding to the outbreak, NCDC has begun a communications campaign to debunk misinformation and supply Nigerians with facts to safeguard their health.

NAN reports that the breakdown of COVID-19 cases by states within the country shows that Lagos State still has the best number of confirmed cases within the country with 32 cases, followed by Abuja with 10 cases, Ogun State three, and Ekiti, Oyo Edo, Bauchi Osun and Rivers have one case each.

Most of the cases reported are travellers who have just returned to the country. Other cases are those that have are available contact with infected people. (NAN)

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