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COVID-19: Stop feeding children with sanitisers, Ogun warns parents

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*No evidence sanitisers can prevent Coronavirus pandemic ─Heath Commissioner

Alexander Moses | ConsumerConnect
Dr. Tomi Coker, Honourable Commissioner for Health, in Ogun State, has warned mothers to desist from giving their children sanitisers to drink as a way of combating Coronavirus disease.

Coker, who gave this warning Tuesday, March 31 at a press briefing on the update of cases of COVID-19, described the development in the state as “a myth”.

According to the commissioner, it has been discovered that several mothers in the state had been engaging in asking their children to drink sanitisers so as to get immune against the deadly virus.

There was no evidence that drinking sanitisers would prevent COVID-19, she declared.

Dr. Coker stated: “We also want to address some myths in society. There are mothers that are actually giving their children sanitisers to drink.

“There is no evidence that giving sanitisers to children will prevent COVID-19. So, we encourage people to cease doing this.

She also allayed fears of the people over the report that a victim of COVID-19 was at the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, a few days ago.
The patient who visited the hospital with some symptoms of COVID-19 had tested negative, she clarified.

Coker stated: “The individual that presented to Ijaye Hospital with signs and symptoms suggestive of a COVID-19.

“Since then, the individual who is a male has been admitted into our isolation centre and tested negative of COVID-19.

“We have treated him for other ailments and he has today been discharged home hale and hearty.”

The Commissioner for Health said not less than 24 ventilators had been secured, including 10 at the 250-bed hospital in Abeokuta, the state capital.

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