The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a recent submission has revealed a new set of guidelines they are using to treat Coronavirus in Nigeria.
This was revealed by the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu at yesterday’s Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus briefing in Abuja.
Giving the reason for the move, he stated that the decision to stop the administration of antiviral drugs on COVID-19 patients was brought on by the latest research on case management.
In his submission, he said;
“We have removed the use of antivirals from our treatment guidelines.
We reached out to some antiviral drugs. One that was in our guidelines recently was the lopinavir/ritonavir combination, which is a combination of medicines we use for HIV. So, we look for whatever we have to try.
As evidence emerges and science improves, then we have to start making hard choices. There have been quite a number of studies now that have shown that they don’t really improve the outcome of this illness, so we’ve withdrawn them from the guidelines of management.”