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COVID-19: Nigerian Government Opens Up On Approving Hydroxychloroquine

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The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has warned Nigerians against the panic buy of Hydroxychloroquine.

Mustapha, who during the daily briefing on Thursday, insisted that the drug has not been approved for use in treating coronavirus in the country.

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“We, therefore strongly warn against self-medication. If you are sick, please seek medical advice and if you are confirmed positive, kindly self-isolate in an approved facility. The COVID-19 is highly infectious and dangerous.

“We wish to reiterate that this drug (Hydroxychloroquine) has not been certified for use in treating COVID-19 in Nigeria by the relevant health and pharmaceutical authorities,” Mustapha said.

He stated that the PTF has continued to receive support, donation of equipment and solidarity messages from professional organisations.

He acknowledged the support of Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) and the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN).

Others were the NNPC and its partner, Messrs OCEA S.A, through its Nigerian representative, Mystrose Defense Systems Ltd.

Mustapha said May 20th served as a reminder to the world about the severity of the COVID-19 when the World Health Organisation (WHO) reminded the world that there was still a long way to go in fighting the pandemic

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director General said 106,000 cases were recorded globally in 24 hours, representing the highest single day number since the outbreak of the pandemic.

“This is significant because it brings to realisation, the relentless assault of the virus on humanity,” Tedros said.

Mustapaha added that for Nigeria, the importance of such message was clear, adding that there is need to eschew skepticism about the existence of COVID-19 and its potency.

He called for a change in behaviour, while urging citizens to join hands in tackling the pandemic.

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