The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC warns against the use of Chloroquine as treatment for Coronavirus.
According to NCDC, the World Health Organization WHO has not approved the use of Chloroquine for the treatment of Coronavirus.
Recall that US President Donald Trump on Thursday March 19th, said that the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Chloroquine in the treatment of coronavirus, something FDA later refuted.
However, the cable had reported how people were rushing to pharmacies to get Chloroquine a few hours after President Donald trump said the drug had been approved to treat COVID-19.
Speaking during a briefing on Thursday, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa, said there is no proof of chloroquine’s effectiveness in treating the disease.
“We are aware of some trials of the use of chloroquine in dealing with some previous coronaviruses, not this virus,” she said.
“We are not aware of any evidence that demonstrates that this is one of the medicines that could be used but we can find out some more information about that.
“There is a number of ongoing trials of other medicines and we are awaiting the outcomes of those observations. But for now, we are not aware of any conclusive evidence to show that chloroquine could be effective in treating this virus.”