Some hospitals in Lagos State are receiving patients suffering from chloroquine poisoning in their quest to fight coronavirus, the senior special assistant on health to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Oreoluwa Finnih, has said.
Ms Finnih, in a Twitter post Friday evening, said there had been reports about massive consumption of chloroquine as a measure to fight coronavirus in Lagos hospitals.
Coronavirus: Lagosians urged against massive consumption of Chloroquine
Hospitals across Lagos State have started receiving patients suffering from Chloroquine poisoning. #LASG #FORAGREATERLAGOS pic.twitter.com/8nSpayjAUi
– Oreoluwa (@Oreoluwa_Finnih) March 20, 2020
She described how the massive consumption of chloroquine–as a measure to fight Coronavirus–was caused by the circulation of unverified information.
“There is a lot of unverified information in circulation about the pandemic, and that it was important for people to be sure of their facts before taking any medication,” she said.
The upsurge in demand for chloroquine intensified on Thursday after the United States President, Donald Trump, approved its usage for treatment of coronavirus in the U.S.
However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, countered Mr Trump’s approval of the use of chloroquine to treat the dreaded coronavirus.
The commissioner of the FDA, Stephen Hahn, contradicted the president, saying chloroquine “was undergoing clinical testing in order to gauge its effectiveness.”
“We want to do that in a setting of a clinical trial,” Mr Hahn said, according to CNN. “I have great hope for how we are going to come out of this situation. What’s also important is not to provide false hope.”