Although there might not be definite medication for treating the novel Coronavirus, Nigeria has come up with a workable drugs that have proved potent.
While making the revelation Tuesday to the House of Representatives, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has disclosed the drug used to treat COVID-19 patients in Nigeria is Remdesivir.
“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.
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.