COVID-19: Stop Taking Chloroquine, Govt Tells Nigerians

In Hard Facts 2020-03-20 16:34:47
COVID-19: Stop Taking Chloroquine, Govt Tells Nigerians
COVID-19: Stop Taking Chloroquine, Govt Tells Nigerians

By Jude Chukwuemeka


Sandra Ezekwesili starts the Global Review by reiterating the advice of Lagos State government to Nigerians – Stop taking chloroquine! That’s not the proper way to solve the Coronavirus issue right now.


“So, people heard Donald Trump say that chloroquine is a cure and Nigerians started buying it, consuming it, and now according to Lagos State government, people are falling ill.”


President Donald Trump claimed during a White House briefing on Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration had approved the "very powerful" drug chloroquine to treat coronavirus. Chloroquine is used to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.


Sandra refers to U.S Food & Drugs Administration (FDA), an organization that works in the same capacity with NAFDAC of Nigeria. She says the American administration has said that Trump was incorrect. FDA says it has not declared chloroquine as able to cure anything except malaria.


Sandra advises: If anyone tells you to take chloroquine as a prevention or as cure for Coronavirus, tell them that’s wrong. Also, it is a prescription drug. People must only take it when a doctor tells them to do so. Otherwise, people who uses are putting their lives in danger.


Meanwhile, Sandra lauds the efforts of NAFDAC as it approved the clinical trial of chloroquine. This means that chloroquine will be produced by some drug companies and then be used on the people who already have the Coronavirus.


If it works, then members of the public will be allowed to make use of chloroquine, Sandra says. If it doesn’t work, or NAFDAC finds out it is dangerous, the organization will end the trial.


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