5 states in Nigeria are taking part within the ongoing solidarity trial for a therapy for the COVID-19, sponsored by the World Well being Organisation.
The Chairman of the Presidential Activity Pressure on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on the briefing in Abuja on Friday.
He mentioned this whereas commending survivors for sharing their experiences.
The PTF Chairman, nonetheless, strongly discouraged them from giving particulars of therapy as a result of in response to him, this might encourage self-medication.
“The Presidential Task Force congratulates and appreciates the testimony of Nigerians who have recovered from COVID-19, which has given us more insight and further strengthened the need to adhere strictly to guidelines issued,” he mentioned.
“Nonetheless, an rising challenge from all these testimonies is the problem of prescription for therapy. We should always all the time keep in mind that the signs of COVID-19 mimic some diseases we already know, however treating the signs is just not the identical as treating the virus. And because of this, we strongly discourage self-medication; we will proceed to encourage all Nigerians that see the signs to check, and if optimistic, go into the isolation centre for care by specialists.
“5 states in Nigeria are taking part within the ongoing W.H.O coordinated solidarity trial. On the finish of this, related authorities will make statements on acceptable medication for treating COVID-19,” the PTF Chairman added.
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The W.H.O solidarity undertaking has over 100 international locations which have pledged to take part within the trial of any therapy and vaccine from the physique.
In the meantime, additionally on the briefing, the Minister of International Affairs supplied clarifications as to why Nigerian evacuees in Thailand are making funds for his or her airlift and quarantine.
“This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, something that the government is happy to do. As I mentioned, time and time again, if the resources were there, we will evacuate everybody. And if our medical infrastructure was solid and our caseload was much lower, we could look at other ways of accommodating, revisit our protocol,” Onyeama mentioned.
“But the way things are at the moment, the fragility of our health infrastructure, the trajectory of the increasing numbers, of positive tests, being what they are, we have to take the greatest care with regard to the protocol we have to people coming home.”