Stop depending on amala to cure coronavirus – Kwara Govt warns residents


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Contrary to widely-circulated rumour, amala does not cure coronavirus, the Kwara State Government has warned residents.

The Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr Abubakar Ayinla, stated this on Tuesday in Ilorin during the daily routine meetings of the medical team of the COVID-19 Technical Committee in the state.

Amala is a delicacy made from yam flour which is commonly eaten by Yoruba people.

The medical doctor emphasised that the global pandemic currently has no cure, hence no one should expect to be cured from the virus by simply eating amala.

He said that in a bid to control coronavirus-related fake news and misinformation in Kwara, the state government created the Risk Communication Teams.

Ayinla disclosed that the patients confirmed positive for the virus at the Sobi Isolation Centre were receiving adequate attention and were responding well to treatment.

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 4 out of the 373 confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria as of Tuesday, April 14 have been recorded in Kwara State.

“In Kwara State, our Rapid Response Team is supporting the State Government with contact tracing, risk communications and other response activities.

“We have provided supplementary supplies including personal protective equipment & sample collection kits,” NCDC wrote in a Wednesday tweet.


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