COVID-19 survivors have been warned by the Federal Government of Nigeria to stop giving out details of the drugs used fortheir treatment to avoid self medications.
Mr. Boss Mustapha, the chairman, PresidentTask Force on COVID-19 dueing a press briedfing in Abuja made this plea following news of some high profile patients sharing details on the drugs administered to them during the treatment.
Mustapha warned that some of the testimonies disclosing the prescription for treatment of the virus could encourage patients to indulge in self-medication instead of seeking help from health authorities.
Nigerians with symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to test for the virus and, if positive, go into the isolation centres for care by experts.
“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.”
Mustapha also raised the alarm that 51 per cent of the country’s COVID-19 cases are concentrated in nine local government areas across the country. However, he did not name them.
He said the affected nine local government areas were all densely populated, indicating that the crowded communities were at the risk of spreading the virus.
“Let me say that our preliminary analysis has narrowed down the over 51 per cent of the total number of infected persons to nine Local Government Areas across the country and all of them are densely populated. This indicates that a critical element of our taming this pandemic is to reduce opportunities for large gathering, sustaining the ban on inter-state movement, the nationwide curfew and complying with the measures prescribed- wash your hands as frequently as necessary; use hand sanitisers; maintain social distancing, use a face mask or covering in public places,” he said.