Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has revealed the treatment used to cure him of coronavirus infections.
The former presidential spokesman, who is also a medical doctor, said on Wednesday that he was treated with Hydroxychloroquine, 400mg daily for 2days and there after he was placed on the same Hydroxychloroquine, 400mg daily for 3 days.
He said he was also placed on Azithromycin 500mg daily for 10 days, Zinc sulphate 100mg daily and vitamin C 1200 mg daily which he continued to take till now.
Okupe further stated that he had malaria while on admission and was effectively treated with anti-malaria.
He said he was placed on Augmentine for 7 days as treatment for cough which he developed after a week on admission.
“I must say that there is no universal medical consensus on a specific treatment regime for COVID-19. Also most of d drugs being used in different centres worldwide are not backed by any detailed or extensive research work anywhere in the world.
“Most scientific works and studies currently going on have limited scientific acceptability either because the samples used are too scanty, sometimes as low as 40 to 60, or because controls do not exists. It will take another 4 to 6 months before results of credible works are available.
“However the humongous nature of the global emergency makes it impossible for countries not to explore experimental drugs that show any possibility or potential to contain the virus.
“In my own case I commenced treatment with the hydroxychloroquine regime 4 days to my isolation. This is because I read extensively on various options of treatment for COVID-19 and I follow the global debate on its pros and cons of the treatment.
“With my medical background and local consultation with colleagues, I already made up my mind that the chloroquine regime was so far the most promising.
“I ordered for the drugs just in case someone close or even I should unfortunately pick up the virus,” he said.
The former presidential spokesman warned that those that have cardiac arrhythmias need to consult physician before taking hydroxychloroquine.
“I did; so I was advised to use 200mg twice daily instead of 400mg twice daily for 2 days. After I put my wife and myself on the treatment, my low grade fever disappeared completely and my wife’s bone pains too.
“Personally I believe the combination works. Lagos uses anti-viral drugs and they also get good results. However the scientific truth we know about treatment for viral infection is that ultimately what eventually works is the innate capability of the immune system of individual patients.
“It is the immunity level that eventually decides the course of the infection in each individual. That is why age and other existing comorbidity factors are crucial to survival and wellbeing.
“Hence for those who are not sick, you should ingest immune boosting drugs and preparations Like zinc SULPHATE, immunace, RELOAD and similar immunity enhancing drugs,” he said.
Okupe also disclosed that he took copious amount of ginger, garlic, tumeric and lemon.
He advised people to pursue personal safety at whatever cost.
“Stay at home, don’t visit and don’t receive visitors. Check drivers, maids and aides.
“Since it may be difficult to gauge their compliance, either reduce to the barest minimum or do without.
“Those that must stay must be made to be resident and movements restricted.
”Maintain physical distancing if you must go out. Comply with the hygiene protocols as recommended by NCDC. Fortify yourself daily with immune boosters.
“At the slightest sign of trouble, fever, catarrh and/ or cough, get help instant. I hope someone finds this piece useful,” he added.