Medics Warn That Self-Medicating Is Hazardous
Health officials have cautioned Kenyans against self-medicating after request for three dangerous drugs touted as treatment for the coronavirus rushed in Nairobi.
Dr Munene, CEO of the Pharmaceutical's Society of Kenya (PSK), said that sign of the drugs will lead to a severe lack that will affect not only those likely to get ill by the virus, but also patients with pre-existing conditions.
She said the drugs — chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin — are sold only on medicine, yet Kenyans have achieved to get hold of, and hoard them, putting the country in great danger.
“This behavior is reckless and reckless in the face of an epidemic that has the potential to be the biggest challenge yet to our health system. Notice these essential medicines means that patients who depend on them to daily recover their quality of life, or those who might eventually get Covid-19, will be unfavorably pretentious by the shortage that will ensue,” she said.
She added that the public should be conscious that possession of medicine only drugs without a valid medicine is unlawful and can attract heavy fines and time in jail.
Dr Munene said PSK has since cautioned pharmacies to detect the law and the PSK Code of Ethics in providing the three drugs.
The society cautioned that pharmacies that flout the Law and those found breaking its code of ethics will face disciplinary action.
So far, Nigeria reported two cases of chloroquine killing after US President Donald Trump praised the drug as a treatment for the new coronavirus.