- Lauretta Onochie has tackled Chief Raymond Dokpesi over his statement expressing doubt over the difference between Covid-19 and malaria
- Dokpesi had said he was given malaria medications after recovering from the coronavirus in Abuja
- Onochie who is President Buhari's aide on social media, however, berated Dokpesi, questioning his academic competence
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Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari‘s aide on social media, has berated Chief Raymond Dokpesi for saying he has doubts in his mind concerning the difference between Covid-19 and malaria.
After recovering from Covid-19, Dokpesi who is the chairman of Daar Communications had said he was given malaria medications at the Gwagwalada isolation centre, FCT Abuja, where he was treated.
Dokpesi had said in a viral Instagram video: “I still have doubts in my mind and I need to be educated. What’s the difference between COVID-19 and malaria? Every drug we were given were malaria medications.
“A number of persons who tested positive were checked in reputable labs, hospitals in Abuja and were found to have malaria parasites in their bloodstreams. When did malaria become synonymous with COVID-19?”
Reacting to the development on Saturday, May 16, via her official Twitter handle, Onochie expressed disappointment with Dokpesi's statement, despite his academic qualifications.
"When did malaria become infectious that it ravaged Chief Raymond Dokpesi's familyExclamation question mark
"This is why knowledge is more important than certificate
"When you meet and engage some PhD holders, they leave you drained with ignorance & you wonder how much they paid for their certificates," Onochie tweeted.
Dokpesi and some members had tested positive for the infectious disease. Some have recovered while others are still receiving treatment at the isolation centre.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government on Friday, May 15 asked COVID-19 survivors to stop revealing the drugs used for their treatment in order to discourage self-medication among Nigerians.
The chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made the plea at the task force press briefing in Abuja.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), expressed worry that disclosing the prescription for treatment of the virus could encourage patients to indulge in self-medication instead of seeking help from health authorities.
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