COVID-19: Nigerian govt issues warning against seeking home-based treatment

COVID-19: Nigerian govt issues warning against seeking home-based treatment

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has warned Nigerians against seeking home-based solutions in treating COVID-19.

Ehanire disclosed that asides deaths caused by underlying illnesses, available statistics showed that most COVID-19 fatalities are due to adoption of home-based solutions before seeking medical intervention.

He made the disclosure during the daily briefing of the presidential taskforce on COVID-19 in Abuja.

The Minister said not only do these home-based solutions complicate the situation but more disappointing is that most people engaging this approach for treating COVID-19 are educated and well-to-do Nigerians.

He said: “1,644 patients have been treated and discharged from care, but we have sadly recorded 191 deaths in 26 states and the FCT.

“Even though this figure seems low compared to other countries, a disturbing picture emerging from statistics is that not only are most fatalities observed to be linked with preexisting diseases, many are educated, well-to-do people, who chose home-based care, where they develop sudden complication and have to be rushed to the hospital.

“Experience is showing that breathing complications in COVID-19 patients can arise with little or no notice. This is an added reason why all persons should seek medical attention when they test positive.

“Also, we do not at any points support self-medication, and if you hear that anybody is taking self-medication at any time, it is definitely something prescribed by his or her doctor. There are medicines that should not be in your hands normally unless they are prescribed by the doctor.

“There is a study being done about the efficacy of some drugs by five centres in our country and hydroxyl chloroquine is one of them. When the result comes out I will share with you. But again, stay with what your doctor has prescribed and do not start self-medicating otherwise you can do serious harm to your own self.”

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