Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State, has said he would not apologise for supporting the use of chloroquine and Zithromax to treat coronavirus patients in his state.
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Governor Mohammed, who was the state’s index case, made this known during a meeting with the state Task Force on COVID-19 in Bauchi on Wednesday.
Following the unsuccessful clinical trial of chloroquine, especially in the United States of America, medical experts across the world have advised against the recommendation and usage of the drug to treat COVID-19 patients.
But Governor Mohammed has been criticised for recommending the use of the drug to treat COVID-19 patients in Bauchi State after disclosing that he was treated with it while in self-isolation in March.
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The governor, however, insisted that his recommendation was not to the state Task Force on COVID-19.
He added that he only took the drug based on medical advice and did not self-medicate.
“Pertaining what I said about the use of chloroquine, Zinc, Zithromax and Vitamin C for the treatment of COVID-19. I was misquoted. I was once a COVID-19 patient. How did I get cured? I only made a recommendation and it was not a recommendation of the committee for COVID-19 in the state.
“I have no apologies for saying that I used chloroquine, Zinc, Zithromax and Vitamin C to get cured, but Allah cured me.
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“It is not Chloroquine or anything, many countries are using modern medicine to combat the pandemic. It is common knowledge that COVID-19 has no vaccine and drugs, we are just groping in the dark. But if you have symptoms of fever, you take chloroquine and cure it.
“If you have symptoms of infection, you take Zithromax and cure it. If you have symptoms of weakness, you can take Panadol to cure it. You don’t need a doctor. However, doctors are prescribing.
“I did not take these drugs on my own, I took them based on the recommendation,” Governor Mohammed said.
Bauchi State has recorded 83 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Wednesday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).