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Zafar Mirza tells coronavirus patients to only take prescribed medicines

Urges Pakistanis to follow doctors' prescriptions

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Jun 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago

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People shouldn’t choose themselves what medicines should be given to the coronavirus patients in their family, but rely on a doctor’s prescription instead.

This is what Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza remarked while speaking on SAMAA TV’s programme Naya Din on Monday.

“Actemra injections are under clinical trials in Punjab only while the use of remdesivir is currently in a trial phase,” Dr Mirza said.

Dr Mirza urged people to adhere to the doctor’s instructions because doing otherwise, like choosing dosage or medicines on their own, might further worsen any patient’s health.

Giving an update on the plasma therapy, he said the government hasn’t been recommending people to donate their plasma since the therapy is still under trial. “The Government of Pakistan will not promote plasma donations unless its trials show any positive outcome.”

Once, it begins bearing fruit, then might urge the people to donate their plasma to critical COVID-19 patients. He said people should contact authorities if they want to give plasma instead of personally approaching coronavirus patients.

This, as Dr Mirza puts it, is extremely dangerous and can put their lives at risk if a complication occurs in the absence of any healthcare professional.

As of Monday, over 205,000 infections and 4,200 deaths have been reported in Pakistan. More than 95,000 people have defeated the virus.

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