May 22, 2020
The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 (PTF) has cautioned Nigerians against panic buying of Hydrxoy chloroquine, insisting that health and pharmaceutical authorities have not yet certified the drug for treatment of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha who stated this at the daily media briefing in Abuja, said through the PTF’s surveillance system, it had received reports that Nigerians have been buying Hydrxoy chloroquine in large quantities.
Meanwhile, the PTF has apologized to journalists, medical personnel and other essential workers, who have suffered one form of harassment or the other from security agents in the course of carrying out their duties and urged governors to exercise caution in relaxing restrictions in their states. Mustapha, who is also Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), cautioned that self-medication was dangerous and could increase risks of avoidable casualties.