Nigeria experiences chloroquine poisonings after Trump feedback

Authorities in Nigerian megacity Lagos mentioned that hospitals had seen circumstances of chloroquine poisoning after US President Donald Trump touted the drug as a remedy towards the brand new coronavirus.

Trump on Thursday mentioned the anti-malarial drug had been “approved” to deal with COVID-19 by America’s Food and Drug Administration, just for the top of the company to row again and say it had not but been given a definitive inexperienced mild.

The drug has not too long ago been used to deal with coronavirus sufferers in China and in France, the place some researchers mentioned it confirmed nice promise, although scientists agree that solely extra trials would decide if it actually works and is protected.

Health officers in Lagos mentioned there had already been claims on-line pushing chloroquine as a remedy and that Trump’s message had seen curiosity surge.

“In the last few days, we’ve seen a lot of messages going around on social media about chloroquine being a cure for coronavirus and in some parts of Lagos, it was no longer available,” Ore Awokoya, senior particular assistant to the Lagos state governor on well being, informed AFP.

“But after Donald Trump’s statement it took another dimension, people were massively queueing in front of the pharmacies to buy chloroquine.”

She described the frenzy to take the drug as “worrying” given that folks have been “self-medicating without any sort of guidance”.

“We’ve already registered two cases of poisoning — the patients have been hospitalised in Lagos — but we will probably see more and more cases in the coming days,” she mentioned.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has thus far recorded 12 confirmed circumstances of recent coronavirus infections, however testing has been restricted.

The nation of some 200 million folks is seen as extremely weak to the worldwide pandemic given its weak well being system and excessive inhabitants density.

Health authorities in Lagos on Thursday mentioned that there have been now circumstances of “local transmission” of the virus within the metropolis.


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