The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that he will not disclose the names of the drugs used in treating Covid-19 patients in Nigeria, some of whom have already been discharged earlier than expected.
Ehanire stated that he would not disclose the drugs, during the daily briefing on Covid-19, in Abuja, on Friday.
The Minister noted that the most important thing, is that people are getting treated.
He maintained that revealing the name of the drugs being used to treat the Covid-19 patients, could make people resort to self-treatment, and possibly overdose.
His words: “The drug or drugs being used are matters of interest to Doctors who are providing treatment. Doctors advise each other on which drugs they used, and I believe as time goes on, they will compile a report on what worked and what did not work.
“As I said earlier, the treatment Centres in Lagos, are using certain drugs for clinical trial, and they will be able to add from their experience to the body of knowledge, and what worked and what did not work. You may have also read that some people suffered from chloroquine poisoning in Lagos, because they thought this was the best way to treat themselves.
“It is not for you to go and purchase and treat yourself. So, I will not advise anyone looking for the name of the drug, when you are not even sure you have that sickness.”