Chloroquine Not Approved for Coronavirus- NCDC
By Samuel Victor Akpan
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned against the use of chloroquine as a treatment for the Coronavirus pandemic. This is as against wide spread reports that the chemical compound was effective in the treatment of the disease.
The body in a statement on Wednesday said “chloroquine and its derivatives has not been validated and approved for the management of coronavirus disease.”
According to the NCDC who warned against the misuse of drugs, “self-medication can cause harm and lead to death.”
Earlier, the Lagos State Government who had confirmed that the Italian who was the first known Coronavirus patient in the country had tested negative, reiterated that he was not treated with chloroquine.
Medical Director, Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Dr. Abimbola Bowwale, debunked the rumours saying “chloroquine is not a drug to be taken for prevention.”
“Here we are not using it to treat our patients,” Bowale told Nigeria Info
Investigations carried out by Nigeria Info shows that Chloroquine has become one of the most sort after drug. This comes after suggestions by US President Donald Trump that it could be used to cure the Coronavirus. This has led to an increase in the demand and price of the drug.
But the Mainland Hospital MD insisted that Chloroquine “is still a trial drug for that disease,” noting that “people should not go and start using chloroquine to prevent Coronavirus that would not work.”
The Italian index case was admitted at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba on the 27th of February after showing symptoms. He flew into the country from Istanbul.
Meanwhile, the Lagos government confirmed that the Index Patient “donated a unit of white blood,” which the government says is now “frozen in the state’s Bio-bank and will be useful in handling new cases.”
As at the time of this report, there are 46 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Nigeria. This is as confirmed by the NCDC.