The Lagos State Government has said it will conduct a clinical trial on the effectiveness of Chloroquine in the prevention or management of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi disclosed this on Friday while giving updates on the pandemic, noting that that the clinical trial is planned in view of the fast-spreading information that chloroquine could be effective in preventing and managing the disease.
The commissioner, however, said that the drug has not been ascertained as an effective treatment of coronavirus disease, adding that the state is still watching the global research space to clearly define the efficiency of the drug in the control of the disease.
Noting that chloroquine has significant side effects, Abayomi warned that it should not be used without medical supervision, as it may cause more harm than good.
He advised citizens to seek the advice of a Physician and await the directive of the Ministry of Health on the use of chloroquine.
While urging the public not to panic and adhere to instructions of the government, Abayomi gave assurance about the administration’s commitment to fighting the spread of the virus.
He appealed to citizens not to take advantage of the present situation on COVID-19 to hike or hoard domestic consumables and enrich themselves, imploring members of the public to continue to be their brother’s keeper and join hands with the government to curtail the pandemic.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had earlier on Friday approved the production of the drug for clinical trials.