Defence News NG
Health

Dexamethasone: WHO calls for mass production of new COVID-19 drug

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday called for an increase in production of dexamethasone.

Dexamethasone is a cheap steroid, which has been shown to reduce deaths in critically ill COVID-19 patients.

WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told a virtual news conference that demand had already increased, after a British trial of the drug became public.

About 2,000 patients were administered the drug by Oxford University researchers and it reduced deaths by 35 percent among the most sickly.

“Although the data are still preliminary, the recent finding that the steroid dexamethasone has life-saving potential for critically ill COVID-19 patients gave us a much-needed reason to celebrate,” Tedros said.

“The next challenge is to increase production and rapidly and equitably distribute dexamethasone worldwide, focusing on where it is needed most,” he added.

Also Check Out:

Lagos, Oyo discharge 123 patients

Defence News Ng

Enugu State Ministry Of Health Releases Details Of COVID-19 Cases In Enugu State

Defence News Ng

COVID-19: Coalition salutes FG, NPHCDA overall early arrival of vaccine

Defence News Ng

Expect ‘lengthy’ coronavirus pandemic WHO warns

Defence News Ng

Implement hepatitis strategic plan, Scientist tells FG

Defence News Ng

322 New COVID-19 Cases, 178 Discharged And 5 Deaths

Defence News Ng

COVID-19: Edo records 31 new cases, 4 deaths

Defence News Ng

WHO Welcomes The Use Of Dexamethasone In Treating Critically COVID-19 Patients

Defence News Ng

COVID-19: FG receives medical supplies from EU, UN

Defence News Ng

LOW NUMBERS OF INFECTIONS: Covid-19 curve not flattening yet, NCDC warns

Defence News Ng

Oyo Govt confirms 22 new cases of coronavirus

Defence News Ng

It’s dangerous mistaking childhood obesity for sign of good living –Expert

Defence News Ng

Leave a Comment