FG To Covid19 Survivors: Stop Revealing Drugs Used To Treat You

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Friday, May 15, has passionately pleaded with COVID-19 survivors to stop giving details of the drugs used for their treatment to discourage self-medication.

The Chairman, of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, made the appeal at a press briefing in Abuja, following recent video testimonies of some high profile survivors, disclosing the drugs administered on them at the treatment centres.

Boss Mustapha, who doubles as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, expressed concern that some of the testimonies disclosing the prescription for treatment of the virus could encourage patients and Nigerians in general to indulge in self-medication instead of seeking help from health authorities or NCDC.

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He continued by urging all Nigerians that have the symptoms of the COVID-19 to test for the virus immediately and if the results comes out as positive, proceed to the isolation centres for care.

Mustapha said:

“The PTF congratulates and appreciates the testimonies of Nigerians who have recovered from COVID-19, which has given us more insights and further strengthens the need to adhere strictly to guidelines issued.

“However, an emerging issue from all these testimonies is the issue of prescription for treatments. We should always remember that the symptoms of COVID-19 mimic some illnesses we already know but treating the symptoms is not the same as treating the virus. For this reason, we strongly discourage self-medication.”

He also pointed out that five states in Nigeria were currently participating in the on-going World Health Organization (WHO)-coordinated solidarity trial to find a proven cure for the virus.

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He finally said that the relevant health authorities will reveal details of the medication they used.

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