‘There’s Cure For COVID-19, Cured 350 Patients’ – Nigerian-US Trained Doctor says
A video of a group of doctors dressed in white coats addressing newsmen has gone viral after one of the doctors claimed to have cured COVID-19.
One of the doctors identified as Dr. Stella Immanuel, a Nigerian USA-based doctor disclosed that she had treated more than 350 people with Coronavirus using hydroxychloroquine as she stood with several others on the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington. According to the Nigerian USA-based doctor, she went to medical school in Nigera where she treated malaria patients with the drug, which President Donald Trump claimed could prevent or treat COVID-19. Speaking on the effectiveness of the drug, Dr Immanuel emphasized that she has treated over 350 COVID-19 patients.
“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 added. She said she put herself, her staff and other doctors she knew on hydroxychloroquine for prevention of COVID-19. “We see patients, 10 to 15 COVID patients, everyday,” she said. “We give them breathing treatments. We only wear surgical mask. None of us has gotten sick. It works.” Dr Immanuel said no one needed to die, as America’s death toll for the virus reaches 148,000. A group called America’s Frontline Doctors has countered the views of the Nigerian US-based doctor. The group only recently created its website which says it wants to “empower Americans to stop living in fear”. “If Americans continue to let so-called experts and media personalities make their decisions, the great American experiment of a Constitutional Republic with Representative Democracy, will cease,” it says. Reacting to the position of the America’s Frontline Doctors, Emergency medicine doctor Anand Swaminathan said the hydroxychloroquine propaganda from the group was complete nonsense. “This is the message of hucksters, not doctors,” he wrote on Twitter. “Multiple well-done studies show no benefit for HCQ. If your results are so good, publish. Otherwise, you’re full of it.” Dr Immanuel said she did not need to do a double-blind study because it was unethical. “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.” Many others slammed the group on Twitter, questioning their credentials and the fact they were wearing matching lab coats. “The coat the doctors are wearing says ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ – what organisation is that?” one woman asked. “What hospital are they affiliated with? Where do they work? And they are all standing there without masks on. Real doctors would not set this poor of an example.”
Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each.
NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus.
The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja.
Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that there a lot of MSMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
“Afterward, there is a CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) free registration; it is free for the MSMEs but the government is paying the CAC for this. What the government has done is to say to the CAC, you do this regularly to the MSMEs at about N12,000 or thereabout; give it to us at half price, we will give it to the MSMEs free.’’
Johnson added that under the National MSMEs Clinic, Osinbajo and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment went to no fewer than 26 states.
He said it was discovered that very creative businesses were not registered.
“They will tell you they don’t have N10,000 to N12,000 to register their businesses. The government had promised that at some point, we will do and I think the opportunity has come now; the opportunity cannot be better than now.’’
The official also announced that under the Survival Fund, the last strap would be the Transport and Artisans Support.
At least 333,000 beneficiaries will get a one-off N30,000 grant, Johnson said.
He added that the government will work with associations, individuals and the Ministry of Transportation to implement the scheme.