As fear of the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19)is on the increase with confirmed cases for the disease adding up gradually, people have resulted in unimaginable measure to prevent themselves and loved ones from contracting the virus.

Dr Tomi Coker, the Commissioner for Health in Ogun State, has warned parents in the state to desist from feeding their children with sanitizers as a way of preventing them from contracting coronavirus.

Coker, who gave this warning said this on Tuesday during a press briefing on the update of cases of COVID-19, described the development in the state as a myth, The Punch reports.

The commissioner said she had discovered that many mothers in the state had been engaging in asking their children to drink sanitisers so as to get immune against the deadly virus.

The medical expert said there was no evidence that drinking sanitisers would prevent COVID-19.

She said,

“We also want to address some myths in society. There are mothers that are actually giving their children sanitisers to drink.

“There is no evidence that giving sanitisers to children will prevent COVID-19. So, we encourage people to cease from doing this.”

The commissioner also allayed the fears of the people over the report that a victim of COVID-19 was at the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta a few days ago.

Coker said the patient who visited the hospital with some symptoms of COVID-19 had tested negative.

She said,

“The individual that presented to Ijaye hospital with signs and symptoms suggestive of a COVID-19. Since then, the individual who is a male has been admitted into our isolation centre and tested negative of COVID-19.

“We have treated him for other ailments and he has today been discharged home hale and hearty.”