COVID-19 treatment: FG tells Nigerians not to listen to Donald Trump

COVID-19 treatment: FG tells Nigerians not to listen to Donald Trump

- The Nigerian task force on COVID-19 has dismissed claims that hydroxychloroquine can be used to prevent COVID-19

- Members of the task force said a study on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine on the virus is still been carried out

- The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire noted that hydroxychloroquine should only be taken on doctor’s prescription

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The Nigerian government has dismissed the claim by the US president, Donald Trump, on the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, to prevent COVID-19.

Both the health minister, Osagie Ehanire and the director-general of the NCDC, Chikwelugo Ihekweazu, on Tuesday, May 19, warned Nigerians not to listen to the US president’s claims on hydroxychloroquine, The Tribune reports.

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The minister warned Nigerians not to engage in self-medication. Photo credits: VOA/YouTube
Source: UGC

Enahire said though the presidential task force on COVID-19 was carrying out a study on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine, the medicine had not been approved for the treatment of the virus.

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He warned Nigerians not to engage in self-medication, noting that the hydroxychloroquine should only be taken based on doctor’s prescription.

“About hydroxychloroquine; first, we do not at any time and in any way support self-medication and if you heard that any person is taking medication of any type, it is obviously something prescribed by his doctor," the minister said.

“There are medicines that normally shouldn’t be in your hands unless it was prescribed by a doctor. There are medicines called OTC, over the counter, you can buy it yourself, it can be panadol, aspirin, any kind of rubs, anything for cough. "

In his contribution, the NCDC director-general, Chikwelugo Ihekweazu said the PTF would only comment on what President Muhammadu Buhari said and not what President Trump and any other presidents said.

Meanwhile, the task force on the fight against COVID-19 in Imo on Monday, May 18, declared that the state is now coronavirus free. Before now, the southeast state had seven active cases of the dreaded disease.

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Briefing journalists in Owerri, chairman of the committee, Professor Maurice Iwu explained that three out of the cases recorded in the state were discharged on Sunday, May 17 following their satisfactory condition.

Iwu is a well-respected Nigerian professor of pharmacognosy and a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

He studied at the University of Bradford, England, receiving a Master of Pharmacy degree in 1976, and a PhD in 1978.

He was appointed by Governor Hope Uzodinma to use his experience to help Imo state tackle the viral disease.

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He was appointed by Governor Hope Uzodinma to use his experience to help Imo state tackle the viral disease.

In another news report, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday, May 18, admitted that coronavirus has taught the world humility.

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Speaking at the73rd assembly of WHO held in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, Ghebreyesus pointed out that the deadly virus has greatly humbled the world despite "the economic, military and technological might of nations," CNN reports.

This was exactly the position of Prophet T.B. Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on Sunday, January 5.

According to a report by The Nation, Joshua told his congregation during a sermon aired on Emmanuel TV, that 2020 will be a year of humility.

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