COVID-19: Lagos hospitals now ‘treating’ people with Chloroquine poisoning after Trump announced the drug can ‘fight’ Coronavirus

Some hospitals in Lagos state are having patients rushing in with chloroquine poisoning, according to Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to the governor.

The demand for chloroquine, an oral artemisinin-based monotherapies (oAMTs) for malaria treatment, had risen rapidly in a few hours.

This happened after President Donald Trump said the drug has some therapeutic effect against the COVID-19.

But Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, contradicted the President’s statement saying the agency was still working to examine all possibilities.

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Well, it appears that Nigerians rather took the statement more serious and they started consuming the drug in higher quantities.

In a tweet on Friday, Akosile warned people against self medicating which can result in more harm all in the name of fighting Coronavirus.

“Hospitals now receiving patients suffering from Chloroquine Poisoning, says Gov @jidesanwoolu’s SSA on Health, Dr @Oreoluwa_Finnih. She urged people against massive consumption of Chloroquine as a measure to fight #Coronavirus,” he tweeted.

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