LAHORE: The newly formed Corona Expert Advisory Group (CEAG), in its first meeting, warned the public about unnecessary use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine that this drug can cause serious side effects and reactions.
At its first meeting, CEAG considered the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for the pre-treatment of COVID-19 based on the currently available evidence.
CCAG issued warning on receiving several complaints of this kind, an official said the majority of the population is using it as coronavirus prevention and self-treatment.
He added that CEAG also expressed indignation over the non-supervised use of social media where self-proclaimed doctors prescribe self-medication.
And the meeting said that if it was not stopped immediately, a new health disaster would ensue.
The Committee was of the opinion that the scientific evidence to suggest chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in the advance treatment of COVID-19 are insufficient.
CCAG also issued guidance for the protection of the frontline health workers treating coronavirus patients at hospitals in Punjab province.
The committee released 3 levels of prevention information, including general pre-diagnosis guidelines, instructions for Corona General Ward and Isolation Ward, and HDUs adopted by professionals during the treatment of patients
CEAG has mandated the use of surgical masks for all staff members working at all medical centers in Punjab.
He instructed that staff working in the OPD and Endoscopic Examination Room for epidemic and respiratory illness patients should use a medical protective mask (N95) instead of a normal surgical mask.
In addition, CEAG also mandated the use of Level 3 protection protective screens when taking samples of suspected and certified patients.
The new guideline states that the N95 masks period (with 8 hours of duty a day and 2 hours intervals) is 8 days if it is not dirty and used by the same person.
CEAG also issued guidelines for operation theaters, patient sampling rooms and other places where suspected or certified patients should be kept.
The committee strongly urges health professionals and heads of teaching and other agencies to strictly follow these guidelines to prevent the Coronavirus.
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