- The NCDC has warned Nigerians about taking chloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus
- The agency recently stated that chloroquine has not yet been approved for the treatment of COVID-19
- Unverified preventive measures and treatments for coronavirus have been circulating online
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned Nigerians against using chloroquine as a treatment to cure coronavirus.
Since a good number of people have recovered from the virus, there have been reported treatments peddled by different sources as to how to cure the deadly virus.
With a cure for the virus yet to be found, many Nigerians have been resorting to taking chloroquine in a bid to treat the infection.
The NCDC in a tweet posted on Monday, April 13, rubbished some of these tips, warning Nigerians to not take chloroquine as it has not yet been approved for the treatment of COVID-19 in the country.
The agency also said preventive measures such as drinking salt, ginger or garlic water does not prevent the virus.
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President Donald Trump in a press briefing on Thursday, March 19, said the Food and Drug Administration approved chloroquine for use as coronavirus treatment, Forbes reports.
Chloroquine is a drug used to treat malaria and severe arthritis, there are reports that the drug has proved effective in the treatment of coronavirus. Trump also said that other antiviral medications will be fast-tracked for FDA approval.
In a related development, as the death toll from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) surges, health experts may have discovered a drug that has, to a great extent, a curative effect on the viral disease.
According to the Chinese news agency, Xinhua, health experts in the Asian country has confirmed that the popular antimalaria drug, Chloroquine Phosphate, is curing some of the key symptoms of coronavirus.
The news agency said on Monday, February 17, that the health experts arrived at a unanimous suggestion that the drug be included in the version of the treatment guidelines and for clinical trials as soon as possible.
Similarly, for the purpose of the clinical trial treatment of coronavirus, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has ordered the production of chloroquine.
The director-general of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye, on Monday, March 30, said that the health agency took the decision following the use of the anti-malarial pill in many other countries.
Adeyeye revealed that nations like the United States (US) and France which have applied chloroquine for the clinical trial treatment of the disease have given testimonies of its effectiveness.
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