Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, said on Thursday he had approved the use of chloroquine for treatment of COVID-19 in the state.
Mohammed, who had also tested positive for the disease, disclosed this during a media briefing at the Government House in Bauchi.
The governor said he was treated with chloroquine and Zithromax, adding that he would take responsibility for approving the use of the drug for COVID-19 treatment.
He said: “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.
“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.
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“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.”