Coronavirus: I took hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 - Doyin Okupe reveals after recovery

Coronavirus: I took hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 - Doyin Okupe reveals after recovery

- Doyin Okupe said he used hydroxychloroquine and other drugs to treat Covid-19

- The PDP chieftain who recently recovered from the disease alongside his wife released details of the medications he took

- Okupe also advised Nigerians to comply with all the preventive measures recommended by the NCDC

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A prominent chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Doyin Okupe, has revealed the medications he took days after he and his wife recovered from Covid-19.

Okupe, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, had announced on Tuesday, May 12, that he and his wife tested negative for the virus twice and were discharged in the early hours of the day.

The couple had spent some weeks at the isolation ward facilities in Sagamu, Ogun state, after testing positive for the infectious disease on Thursday, April 23.

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Okupe who has been excited about his recovery took to his Facebook page on Wednesday, May 13, to share the medications he took.

The PDP chieftain said he took Hydroxychloroquine, 400mg daily for two days and then 400mg daily for another three days.

Doyin Okupe reveals medications he took days after recovering from Covid-19

Doyin Okupe with the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi. Photo credit: Doyin Okupe
Source: Facebook

He also used Azithromycin 500mg daily for 10 days while he continues to take Zinc sulphate 100mg and Vitamin C 1200 mg daily even after recovery.

Okupe who said he has a medical background revealed that he had commenced treatment with the hydroxychloroquine regime four days before moving to the isolation centre.

"I had malaria while on admission. Was effectively treated with an anti-malaria. I also developed cough after about a week and was effectively treated by fairly large dose of Augmentine for 7 days," he said.

Okupe, however, noted that "there is no universal medical consensus on a specific treatment regime for Covid-19."

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He said while research is still going on globally, countries are exploring experimental drugs that show any possibility or the potential to contain the virus.

The PDP chieftain also warned that anyone with Cardiac Arrhythmias should consult their doctor before taking hydroxychloroquine.

He noted that he was advised upon consultation to use 200mg twice daily instead of 400mg twice daily for two days.

Okupe added that his low-grade fever and his wife's bone pains disappeared completely after using the hydroxychloroquine; before the duo received their test results.

"Personally I believe the chloroquine combination which is the official treatment regime in Ogun state actually works. Lagos uses antiviral drugs and they also get good results.

"However, the scientific truth we know about treatment for viral infection is that ultimately what eventually works is the innate capability of the immune system of individual patients.

"It is the immunity level that eventually decide the course of the infection in each individual. That is why age and coexisting comorbidity factors, like obesity, hypertension and diabetes or Renal diseases are crucial to survival and wellbeing of infected patients. This is what gives younger people better prospects with the virus," Okupe said.

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He also advised people not infected with the virus to ingest immune-boosting drugs to buildup their immune system.

"I also took a copious amount of ginger, garlic, Tumeric and lemon. In Kaduna, I am told that they add Dogo Yaro leaves to the above mixture and drink liberally," Okupe added.

"As a tip also, it is known that when the virus first gains access to the body it stays in the nasal cavity and the throat for two to three days. In this position the virus itself is vulnerable. It does naturally in temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius. If at this stage you can consume large quantities of hot water with lemon frequently, you can abort the attack."

The former presidential aide advised Nigerians to take personal safety measures seriously. He advised everyone to stay at home if possible and avoid receiving visitors.

Okupe urged Nigerians to comply with the hygiene protocols recommended by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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In another report, Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state and PDP's vice-presidential candidate in the 2019 elections, has declared support for President Buhari's order to import Madagascar's COVID-19 herb.

"I firmly support the authorisation of @MBuhari for importation and subjection of the Madagascar #COVID19 Syrup to standard validation process for pharmaceuticals, and possibly for use in the cure of this virus," Obi said in a thread of tweets he posted on Tuesday, May 12.

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