‘Don’t self-medicate or fight coronavirus with chloroquine- NCDC warns Nigerians

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The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned Nigerians against consuming chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, to prevent or treat coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

This warning comes on the heels of United States president, Donald Trump, announcing that the drug had been approved by his country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the virus.

FDA Commissioner, Dr Stephen Hahn, has since denied such approval, stating clearly that the effectiveness of the drug is still being tested in a clinical trial.

Despite the FDA’s denial, Trump’s pronouncement has led to a mad rush for chloroquine in Nigerian pharmacies, even though it had been previously banned in the country.

In a post on its official Twitter page on Friday, March 20, 2020, the NCDC warned Nigerians to not engage in self-medication, and to wait for directives from health workers and authorities.

“@WHO has NOT approved the use of chloroquine for #COVID19 management. Scientists are working hard to confirm the safety of several drugs for this disease.

“Please DO NOT engage in self-medication. This will cause harm and can lead to death,” the agency pleaded.

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