Coronavirus: Chloroquine Will Be Prescribed for all Infected Patients

Chloroquine “will be prescribed for all patients” in Morocco affected by the pandemic of the new Coronavirus (Covid-19), revealed, Thursday, Professor Abdelfattah Chakib, specialist in infectious diseases at the University Hospital Ibn Rochd of Casablanca, ensuring that the stock of medicines containing this substance is “largely sufficient”.

“In Morocco, the technical and scientific committee of the Ministry of Health has decided to prescribe chloroquine for all patients, not only the serious cases,” Professor Chakib said in an interview with MAP.

He stressed that “the Ministry of Health has seized all the stock that has been in the laboratory manufacturing this substance”, adding that pharmaceutical companies are “ready to manufacture and distribute chloroquine throughout the world”.

Regarding the side effects of chloroquine, the specialist pointed out that this substance can cause problems for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases (QT prolongation, for example). He therefore advised people to take this treatment only after it has been prescribed by a doctor, who must first carry out an electro-cardiogram.

Chloroquine, like other medicines, can also have “minor” side effects, especially when taken for a short period of time, he noted, noting that these include gastrointestinal effects (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, transient muscle weakness).

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