- A KZN doctor has developed a treatment for Covid-19 which may give hope to many South Africans
- The treatment, HIM20 was developed in May but had to undergo a series of trials to determine whether it was safe
- Only a small percentage of patients who were part of the trial showed side effects from taking the drug
As South Africa continues with the fight against the Covid-19, a KwaZulu-Natal doctor has seemingly come up with a solution. A clinical pharmacologist, whose identity cannot be revealed due to contractual obligations developed a treatment for the Coronavirus in May.
The drug is known as HIM20 and has not been made available to the public yet as it had been undergoing testing from May to November.
"The drug was administered to 133 Covid-19 positive patients who presented at least three symptoms. 98.2% of patients were clear of all symptoms within 96 hours of initiating the drug therapy," said the doctor.
He had five doctors and pharmacists who helped him with developing the drug. The drug has minimal side effects according to the doctor, with only 4% of patients showing signs of nausea and diarrhoea after taking the drug.
The doctor made use of his own research funds to develop the treatment. According to the doctor, people who are above the age of 65 and are taking anti-inflammatory drugs are more at risk to contract Covid-19.
On the recent development of Covid-19 vaccines, the doctor said data was limited so it is difficult for him to comment on their effectiveness.
"The current iterations of Covid-19 vaccines are not orally effective and must be injected. But HIM20 is orally effective and may be self-administered," said the doctor.
In other Coronavirus news, Briefly.co.za reported that an Indian minister was infected with Covid-19 despite a vaccine trial dose. Anil Vij, Haryana health minister, who was recently given a trial dose of corona vaccine, Covaxin, has tested COVID-19 positive.
The 67-year-old minister shared the news on Twitter on Saturday, December 5, as he urged all those who had come in close contact with him to get themselves tested.
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