Nigeria’s Minister of Health,Dr Osagie Ehanire has disclosed the drug used to treat COVID-19 patients in Nigeria.
The minsister who has worked in Germany as a Resident Anesthesiologist, told member House of Representatives that Remdesivir is being used to treat patients with the virus.
“We have been using that (Remdesivir); we have tried that in Lagos too. So, we have tried the antiretroviral drug to see what effect it has” he said
The Minister said the drug which was originally developed as a potential treatment for Ebola, is one of the options which Nigeria has adopted for in treating COVID-19 patients.
Recall that the US had approved emergency use of Remdesivir, for treatment of the disease.
The US National Institute of Health had said the drug proved effective against the new coronavirus disease.
Remdesivir was tested in 1,063 hospitalized Coronavirus patients around the world and has proven to reduce the time it takes patients to recover by 31%. 11 days on average versus 15 days for those just given usual care.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has so far recorded 2802 cases while 93 persons have died from the coronavirus infection.