Ministry of Health dismisses medic who claimed to have a cure for Covid-19
By Vincent Kejitan
| July 29th 2020
The Ministry of Health on Tuesday dismissed the video of one
Dr Stella Immanuel who claimed a combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc was
effective in treating Coronavirus.
While addressing the press, Acting Health Director-General
Dr Patrick Amoth said the video was misleading and that is why it was pulled
down from social media.
Dr Amoth further stated that the information provided was
not based on science, adding that the use of hydroxychloroquine can pose a risk
to patients with pre-existing medical conditions.
“The video was based on individual addressing people, not
based on science. That is why it was pulled down.
“WHO has given clear guidelines showing use of
Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment can pose a risk... Let us be guided
by science,” he said.
In the video, Dr Immanuel claimed she also used the drug to
treat malaria patients in Nigeria.
While standing with several others whom she said were
doctors, Dr Immanuel said no one needs to die because there is a cure.
“I’m here because I have personally treated over 350
patients with COVID. Patients that have diabetes, patients that have high blood
pressure, patients that have asthma, old people.
“I think my oldest patient is 92 … 87-year-olds. And the
result has been the same. I put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc,
I put them on Zithromax, and they’re all well,” she said.
Adding: ““All of you doctors that are waiting for data, if
six months down the line you actually found out that this data shows that this
medication works, how about your patients that have died?,” she said.
“We don’t need to die. There is a cure for COVID.”
However, the video came under scrutiny as many questioned their credentials and the fact that none of the ‘doctors’ had masks.
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