The Lagos State Government has urged people to desist from consuming chloroquine as a measure to prevent coronavirus as hospitals in the state received multiple patients suffering from chloroquine poisoning.
Gboyega Akosile, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the call on Friday citing Oreoluwa Finnih, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Health
The demand for chloroquin, an oral artemisinin-based monotherapies (oAMTs) for malaria treatment, soared a few hours after President Donald Trump said the drug had been approved to treat COVID-19.
But Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, contradicted the American president, saying the agency was still working to examine all possibilities.
There have been multiple reports about how residents trooped to pharmaceutical stores across Lagos and Abuja on Thursday evening to purchase the drug.
In a tweet on Friday, Akosile warned people against harming themselves through the indiscriminate use of the drug.
“Hospitals now receiving patients suffering from Chloroquine Poisoning, says Gov @jidesanwoolu’s SSA on Health, Dr @Oreoluwa_Finnih. She urged people against massive consumption of Chloroquine as a measure to fight #Coronavirus,” he tweeted.
Earlier, health experts had dismissed speculations that the drug could be used in fighting the virus.
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