Osagie Ehanire has revealed the drug used in treating coronavirus patients in Nigeria. Addressing members of the House of Representatives yesterday, the Health Minister said Remdesivir is being used to treat patients with the novel respiratory virus.
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 coronavirus patients.
Remdesivir was tested in 1,063 hospitalized COVID-19 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.
NCDC confirms 148 new cases of coronavirus
148 new cases of #COVID19;
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 5, 2020
Three more coronavirus cases confirmed in Kaduna
KADUNA UPDATE: As at 9:30pm on 5th May 2020, three more positive results have increased active Covid-19 cases in Kaduna State to 75. All three new cases are males with travel history outside the state.
— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) May 5, 2020
Lagos discharges 60 coronavirus patients
Sixty more COVID-19 patients have been discharged by the Lagos State government to reunite with their families. Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who announced this on Twitter, said the patients comprising 40 males and 20 females, all Nigerians, were discharged today April 5.
One coronavirus patient discharged in Sokoto after recovery
A coronavirus patient has been discharged in Sokoto state after receiving treatment and recovering from the disease. The Sokoto state ministry of health made the announcment on Twitter. The male patient was discharged from the state’s isolation facility at the infectious disease hospital in Amanawa, to reunite with the society.
*️⃣1 more patient; male, was today discharged from our Isolation facility at infectious diseases hospital Amanawa to reunite with the society.#staysafe #StayHome #Washyourhands pic.twitter.com/OKdLUqHRtX
— Sokoto State Ministry Of Health – Nigeria (@SMOHSokoto) May 5, 2020