NCDC warns Nigerians against use of chloroquine to treat coronavirus

Ebun Francis| The Nigeria Center For Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday said Chloroquine has not been approved as a cure for the coronavirus disease.

The NCDC which stated this via a tweet on its official Twitter account also warned Nigerians against self-medicating with the drug.

The tweet read, “Please remember that the use of chloroquine and its derivatives for the management of coronavirus disease has NOT been validated and approved. Self-medication can cause harm and lead to death. Do not misuse drugs.”

There has been debate on whether anti-malarial drug, Chloroquine can cure the disease especially following US President Donald Trump’s recent comment that the drug had been approved to treat the new coronavirus.

Trump’s comment came on the heels of encouraging research into chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in France and China, but many in the wider scientific community cautioned that more work is needed to prove they really work for coronavirus.

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