- An official of the Bauchi state government has expressed concern over coronavirus patients embarking on self-medication
- Dr. Rilwanu Muhammed noted that ten COVID-19 patients at various isolation centres took an excessive doseof Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
- The chairman Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency said the overdose may have undesirable effects
Bauchi state government has raised an alarm after coronavirus patients numbering about ten embarked on self-medication, taking an excessive dosage of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) at various isolation centres.
According to The Nation, this was revealed by Dr. Rilwanu Muhammed, the chairman Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA), in the state capital on Sunday, May 17.
Muhammed who raised concern over the accidental overdose said it may have undesirable effects which include pelvic ulcer.
According to the chairman, excessive dosage of vitamin-C may cause gall bladder stone, kidney stones, among other problems.
He said: "You know Vitamin C is good for the body but it’s important people should take it moderately, at least only one in a day but unfortunately some of our patients are taking double or triple dose in a day and one of the side effect of this drug is that it causes pelvic ulcer, which will create other problems for them.
About ten of our patients were discovered to have taken the overdose of this drugs. The overdose also causes gall bladder stone and kidney stones,” he said.
Dr. Muhammed who also serves as the chairman of the Covid-19 State Task Force contacts tracing committee went on to note that before now some patients engaged in steaming which led to four people developing hypertension.
He urged the infected patients to take drugs according to the doctor’s prescription and stop self-medication.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some Nigerians were hospitalised for chloroquine poisoning after resorting to self-medication based on the declaration by US president, Donald Trump, that chloroquine can be used to treat persons infected with coronavirus.
About 20 Nigerians who reside in Lagos are currently hospitalized in various hospitals in the state after taking overdose of the anti-malarial drug.
One of the cases includes a family of five who were hospitalized in the intensive care unit of a private hospital as a result of chloroquine poisoning.
In a related development, 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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