COVID-19: PTF Warns Against Self-medication, Use Of Hydrxoychloroquine
The president Task Force on COVID-19 has strongly warned against self-medication, use and purchasing of Hydrxoychloroquine in large quantities for treatment of the pandemic.
The PFT Chairman, Boss Mustapha while speaking in Abuja at the daily briefing on COVID-19 situation in Nigeria, urged those who are sick to seek medical advice.
“We wish to reiterate that this drug has not being 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.”
“And if you are confirmed positive, kindly self-isolate in an approved facility. The COVID-19 is highly infectious and dangerous.”
The chairman said there was the need to eschew skepticism about the existence of the virus and its potency, change the behavior and commit to joining hands in tackling this pandemic.
“Wednesday, May 20th 2020, served as a stark reminder to the entire world about the severity of the COVID-19 when the World Health Organisation (WHO) reminded the world that we still have a long way to go in fighting this pandemic. “
“According to Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director General, 106,000 cases were recorded globally in twenty-four hours, representing the highest single day number since the outbreak of the pandemic.”
“This is significant because it brings to realization, the relentless assault, of the virus on humanity.”he added.
On his part,the Minster of Health, Dr Enahire Osagie said Nigeria presently has 26 laboratories spread in 17 states, and had increased testing capacity.
“However, while our daily testing capacity is presently at 2,500, unfortunately, we are presently able to test less than 1,500. This is due largely to inadequate surveillance and contact tracing in the states.”
“As more laboratories come on board, I would like to use this opportunity to call on state governments to increase the number of surveillance teams so that more testing can be done in the laboratories.”
‘ We have developed new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to track surveillance strategic directions and programmes.” the minister added.
Also speaking ,the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said 80% of COVID19 cases show mild or no symptoms at all.
“These cases won’t be in isolation facilities under normal circumstances. Asymptomatic patients are primarily isolated to prevent transmission of the virus especially to their loved ones”he said.