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Health minister reveals the drug used in treating coronavirus patients in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has disclosed the drug used for treatment of COVID-19 patients in Nigeria.

Addressing members of the House of Representatives today Tuesday May 5, the minister said 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.

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.

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  1. It is so sad that up till now, Nigeria Government are playing us at the expense of her citizens. Why is it that the same time USA announced the use of this drug, it was then that our Minister for health announced the same drug. He even claimed that he has been using it to cure Covid-19. God will surely judge our leaders.

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