The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, on Thursday cautioned Nigerians against using Chloroquine to protect themselves from contacting the pandemic Coronavirus causing devastation across the world.
The Kwara branch chairman of PSN, Aliu Bakau, gave the warning while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Thursday.
He said that taking Chloroquine as a precaution against COVID-19 amounts to drug abuse.
It would be recalled that there were videos currently trending online alleging that Chloroquine, an old malaria drug, could help protect people from contacting; and in treating Coronavirus.
He said that doctors had been prescribing Chloroquine, or hydroxychloroquine, for the treatment of malaria since 1944.
He said, “It can be given before exposure to malaria to prevent infection, and it can also be given as treatment afterward.’’
Mr Bakau told NAN that such research was still ongoing and had not been established nor confirmed.
He said that PSN had commenced public awareness and education on the COVID-19 through its distribution of fliers to the public.
He advised the public to always avoid crowded environment but encouraged them to increase their sanitary practices.
The PSN chairman advised Nigerians not to panic, adding that people should use necessary precautionary means such as: hand sanitizers, tissue and coughing or sneezing inside the elbow.
NAN reports that the Federal Ministry of Health, FMoH, on Wednesday announced an additional five new cases of the virus in the country.
This has brought the total number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus to eight in the country.