Dexamethasone: Mkhize excited by promise of Covid-19 treatment

Dexamethasone: Mkhize excited by promise of Covid-19 treatment

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is 'extremely excited' that a breakthrough has been made in the treatment of Covid-19

- This comes as the world welcomes the news that dexamethasone has been successful in preventing some fatalities

- The relatively inexpensive solution to a global issue has emerged at a time when the minister warns of an incoming spike in infections

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says he is extremely excited to learn that dexamethasone has been heralded as a breakthrough in the fight against Covid-19.

The treatment is inexpensive and common and has been found to help reduce fatalities in severe cases requiring ventilators or oxygen systems.

Commenting on the finding, put forward by the University of Oxford after an extensive study, Mkhize said that:

"The RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY) trial has published results on the therapeutic merits of low-dose dexamethasone, which are extremely promising and are easily implementable in our country."

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Mkhize confirmed that the drug is well-known and used in numerous places, a steroid with potent anti-inflammatory properties:

"It is used in allergic reactions, asthma and other conditions where the inflammatory component of the disease needs to be controlled for better outcomes."

The Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 has issued an advisory concerning how the treatment will be used in SA:

"There are important aspects of the results that will be needed to make a full assessment of the data. Data on the absolute risk reduction and the numbers of events per patient group will also be needed to fully interpret the evidence provided." reported that the minister had warned the nation of an impending influx in the number of Covid-19 cases and fatalities, hopefully, this breakthrough would be able to provide some form of desperately needed relief.

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