The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has kicked against self-medication of any kind by COVID-19 patients in the country.
This followed the disclosure by a former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, that “hydroxychloroquine” was among the medications he received while at the isolation centre.
NCDC said the drugs dispensed to coronavirus patients at isolation and treatment centres in the country were tailored to meet the specific needs of each patient.
“Remember, the medicines given by authorised medical personnel to patients with diseases including #COVID19, are dependent on individual conditions.
“Please, do not engage in self-medication based on another person’s prescription as you can harm yourself,” the NCDC tweeted yesterday.
Stay Away from Quarantined Returnees, FG Warns
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the COVID-19 pandemic thursday warned the public to stay away from quarantined returnees from foreign countries.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who gave the warning yesterday during the daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja, warned that such visits were potentially dangerous to public health.
The SGF had lamented reports and viral videos depicting unsafe practices around the quarantine locations of those evacuated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA).
He particularly advised those being quarantined to decline visits from their friends and loved ones for the period they would be in observation, noting that the disease for which they were being kept away had a high contagious nature.
“The PTF reported the progress made with the evacuation of some Nigerians from the UAE, UK & USA. We also informed you about the mandatory quarantine protocol. Nigerians have in recent days been served with different audio-visual clips by some of these returnees.
“The PTF is saddened by the conduct of some of the returnees who fail to adhere to the conditions attached to their quarantine.
“I strongly urge them to obey the rules in the facilities and also urge their friends and relations to recognize the contagious nature of the disease by desisting from visiting them. Complying is in the interest of the visiting relation and in the overall public interest,” he said.
Mustapha also emphasised the importance of allowing and encouraging farmers to take advantage of the current farming season, adding that farmers were part of those exempted by President Muhammadu Buhari from the series of restrictions issued to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
He, however, called on state governments, local government council authorities as well as security agencies; to afford farmers unfettered access, noting that Nigeria could not afford food insecurity as the nation’s security depended on its food security.
“You will recall that when the new measures were rolled out and published, we ensured that certain economic activities pertaining to food production and distribution were exempted. This, for the avoidance of doubts includes farming activities.
“We recognise the fact that we are in the planting season and the nation cannot afford to prevent our hardworking farmers from going to their farms. We therefore use this medium to reemphasize that farmers fall within the list of exemptions and urge State Governors, Local Government Authorities and security agencies to please allow them to carry out their activities. Our food security is critical to our national security,” he said.
Mustapha also pointed to the fact that the testing strategy adopted by the task force had proven to be successful, even as it had confirmed the fact that Nigeria now had the capacity to give care to all those who needed it.
“The statistics on COVID 19 have continued to come out daily and the indications are that our testing strategy is yielding results because we can now give care to those that need it.