- Group says self-medication contributes to mortality rate than Covid-19
- The group, PDI, also laments the under-funding of the Nigerian health sector
- Meanwhile, NCDC says asymptomatic Covid-19 patients are those spreading the disease
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Most of the deaths being recorded recently may be connected to the negative effects of growing self-medication among the poor, a group Pre Diagnosis International (PDI), has said.
PDI made this known in a paper issued nationwide as part of the collective effort to flatten the curve of the Covid-19 pandemic.
John Iguve, who is the PDI managing director, disclosed that Nigerians in the middle chain of the socio-economic strata have resulted to self-medication which is apparently leading to the deaths in the country.
Iguve lamented what he termed as the "under-funding" of the health sector, saying that has literally made Nigerians result to self-help when they are sick.
“For a country that has for long been reeling under the various negative impacts of an underfunded health sector, Nigeria’s public health delivery system has been seriously dislocated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Health sector regulatory authorities cannot afford to watch the tide of frightening mortality and morbidity in the sector continue, especially among the poor and vulnerable citizens,” Iguve submitted.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated Covid-19 patients who do not show symptoms are the ones spreading the virus.
The disease control agency, however, warned people with symptoms to self-isolate and get tested.
Nigeria currently has 36,663 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 15,105 people successfully discharged while 789 deaths have been unfortunately recorded.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government has said findings have shown that the Madagascar COVID-19 organics cannot cure coronavirus.
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) in a report on Sunday, July 19, disclosed that scientific analysis of the herb showed that it is not as potent as claimed.
According to the federal government agency, studies showed that the herb does not alter the normal physiology of animals.
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