The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has called on Coronavirus survivors to stop revealing the details of the drugs used for their treatment, so they don’t encourage self-medication.
The SGF who is also the Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja.
This is coming after some prominent individuals who survived the virus revealed the drugs administered on them during their treatment.
Mustapha noted that some statements credited to survivors might encourage patients to indulge in self-medication instead of seeking help from health authorities.
“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 said.
He further stated that five states in the country are currently participating in the ongoing World Health Organization (WHO)-coordinated solidarity trial to find a cure for the pandemic.
Mustapha noted that at the end of the trial, relevant health authorities would make statements on acceptable drugs for treating COVID-19.