The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has clarified the notion that the novel coronavirus is the same as malaria.
It has been reported in the media that many Nigerians believe most of the COVID-19 infections in the country are malaria cases.
The idea further grew, after some prominent persons, including Raymond Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communication, made comments that cast doubt over the diagnosis of some of the cases in the country.
Dokpesi, who tested positive for the virus alongside eight members of his family, disclosed after recovering, that he was treated at the Abuja Teaching Hospital isolation centre with malaria drug.
Also, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, last week frowned against large scale consumption of chloroquine by Nigerians, with the presumption that it will protect them against the virus.
However, in a short message service circulated to telecom subscribers on Monday, the agency warned against assuming that the disease is the same as malaria.
“COVID-19 is NOT the same as malaria. Both may present with fever & both diseases can come at the same time. PCR test effectively detects COVID-19 in patients,” it said.