The Chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) overseeing efforts to combat the coronavirus in Nigeria, Boss Mustapha, has urged recovered patients not to give out details of their treatments in order to dissuade self-medication.

“We shall continue to encourage all Nigerians that see the symptoms to test, and if positive, go into the isolation centre for care by experts,” he said.

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Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, also announced that five states in Nigeria are participating in a World Health Organisation trial.

“At the end of this, relevant authorities will make statements on acceptable drugs for treating COVID-19,” he said.

While commenting on states lifting the bans on total lock down, Boss Mustapha noted that “​In providing leadership for the fight against this pandemic, Mr. President did encourage state governments to adapt national guidelines as suitable to their state and expects that such adaptation should be informed by empirical evidence of progress made,” he said.

“The PTF, therefore, urges states that are lifting restrictions which allows for large congregation of people to weigh their consequences in relation to creating opportunities for more seeding of the virus thereby negating gains already made.”

Mustapha also said the PTF  had received over N700 million in support of the fight against COVID-19.

He said when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, corporate bodies, development partners, individuals, groups, religious bodies , rose up massively to make donations in cash and kind.

“For effective coordination and accountability, the office of the accountant-general published five bank accounts into which donations could be paid and swept into a CBN TSA account, daily,” he said.

“​Consistent with the open government policy driven by transparency and accountability of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, the PTF promised that details of all cash donations would be publicly provided.

“I am pleased to report that the OAGF has published the details of inflow into the FGN COVID-19 eradication support accounts. As at May 14, 2020, the sum of N792,121,613.89 (Seven Hundred and Ninety Two Million, One Hundred and Twenty One Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirteen Naira and Eighty Nine Kobo) has been credited into the TSA account from various in-country sources.

“I particularly want to commend the sacrifice of some ordinary Nigerians typified by the donations as low as one naira, which for us comes from the purest of hearts.”

He said the committee extends its appreciation of other several groups that have been supportive.