Kuwait set to approve approve dexamethasone as coronavirus treatment
Kuwait Health Ministry set to approve the use of dexamethasone in treating the new coronavirus, as the country is battling to contain the potentially fatal ailment.
The anti-inflammation medication will be used in Kuwait after related recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The World Health Organisation (WHO) welcomed the positive results of dexamethasone in treating the Novel Coronavirus, while warning that the drug should not be used on mild cases or for prevention purposes.
For patients on ventilators, the treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one fifth, according to preliminary findings received by World Health Organisation (WHO)
Some other countries have already approved the use of the steroid drug in COVID-19 treatment protocols.
This medication has been available in Kuwait for years and is used to treat various diseases such as asthma, respiratory disorders and rheumatism. The ministry will not hesitate to approve any medications with positive results for patients provided they are approved by World Health Organisation (WHO)
The Ministry of Health announced, Wednesday, 541 new infections of the coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the total to 38074. Deaths reached 306 with the addition of 3 fatalities. All the new cases were in contact with previously infected people or are being investigated for sources of infection, the Health Ministry’s spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al Sanad said.
Since the coronavirus emerged in China late last year and spread worldwide, more than 8.3 million people have contracted it, according to Johns Hopkins.The university has tallied more than 449,000 deaths from the disease it causes, COVID-19.
What is Dexamethasone?
Dexamethasone is “the first drug to be shown to improve survival in COVID-19”. It is “inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide”.
What are the side effects of Dexamethasone?
Dexamethasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
What is the most important information I should know about Dexamethasone?
You should not use this medicine if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body. Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, and all the medicines you are using. There are many other diseases that can be affected by steroid use, and many other medicines that can interact with steroids.