The Nigeria Medical Association has rubbished the claims flying around on social media that chloroquine phosphate is a cure for coronavirus, aka COVID-19, saying the anti-malaria drug is not a proven antidote. There had been reports in Chinese media that Chinese medical researchers stated that, in exploratory research considering a selection of 30 drug candidates, three of them, remdesivir, chloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir, seemed to have “fairly good inhibitory effects” on coronavirus at the cellular level.
This however was immediately twisted to fit the narrative that the anti-malaria injection which many Nigerians are familiar with could be the key if the country ever suffered an outbreak. The news went viral pretty fast on social media. But the NMA President, Dr. Adedayo Faduyile, in a telephone interview with The PUNCH, stated that researchers had not “established” chloroquine as a remedy for the pandemic disease..
The doctor said,“It has not been established and, again, chloroquine is not one of the drugs in the country because it has always been for the treatment of malaria and they are not using it for malaria (anymore). So, that is the situation. “(My advice) is just for us to be careful against coronavirus and to guard against it coming into the country.”