The Nigerian Government has warned citizens not to self-medicate if they developed symptoms of Coronavirus due to a spike in fatalities linked to home-based solutions and treatments.
Dr Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria’s Health Minister, gave the warning on Tuesday in Abuja while speaking during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He said, “1,644 patients have been treated and discharged from care but we have sadly recorded 191 deaths in 26 states and the FCT”.
He further explained,“Even though this figure seems low compared to other countries, a disturbing picture emerging from statistics is that not only are most fatalities observed to be linked with preexisting diseases, many are educated, well-to-do people, who chose home-based care, where they develop sudden complication and have to be rushed to hospital”.
“Experience is showing that breathing complications in COVID-19 patients can arise with little or no notice. This is an added reason why all persons should seek medical attention when they test positive”.
He also said,”We do not at any point support self-medication, and if you hear that anybody is taking self-medication at any time, it is definitely something prescribed by his or her doctor. There are medicines that should not be in your hands normally unless they are prescribed by the doctor.
“There is a study being done about the efficacy of some drugs by five centres in our country and hydroxylchloroquine is one of them. But again, stay with what your doctor has prescribed and do not start self-medicating otherwise you can do serious harm to your own self.”