Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has directed health workers in his state to use Chloroquine as a medication for patients of COVID-19, disclosing that when contracted the virus, he was treated with “chloroquine and Zithromax.”
Mohammed, who was the COVID-19 index case in the state, expressed readiness to take responsibility for any consequences of approving such drugs. He stated this Wednesday while providing an update on COVID-19 in the state, at the Government House, Bauchi.
According to him, “Our medical team is using their own ingenuity to use chloroquine and Zithromax to treat the patients, even though in some places, they said it is against the protocol. As the governor, I’m taking responsibility for that because I don’t want anyone to die."
Speaking directly to the health officials, Mohammed said, “I have given you the directive that you must use something that I have used to get well, just as you have used for all other cases that got well.
“Rather than saying that something is harmful, we should not follow what the white people are saying by not taking anything and die.
“We are used to taking chloroquine in Nigeria. We are going to use them. We have taken responsibility and I have taken responsibility.
“Zithromax and chloroquine are not harmful to our body, our physiological system has adapted to it. If you are having a fever you take chloroquine.”
He pointed out that it was for the reason of using the said drugs that Bauchi has not recorded any death.
“Nobody is affected with any serious distress in Bauchi, even though now we are going to be tested with the 23 cases.”
AllNews recalls that the United States President Donald Trump was criticised last month for recommending the use of Chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 in the US, even as the World Health Organisation and other experts warned that it has not undergone essential clinical trials to be recommended for treating Coronavirus.