Nigeria’s minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, says his country has started using remdesivir, an anti-retroviral drug, in treating COVID-19 patients.
Mr. Ehanire disclosed this while addressing members of the lower parliament on Tuesday in Abuja, saying the drug has been administered to patients in Lagos state.
What he did not however say was what the outcome was.
The minister said the drug, originally developed as a potential treatment for Ebola, is one of the options which Nigeria has adopted in managing COVID-19 patients.
Gilead Sciences, the pharmaceutical company that developed the drug, said it was found to be effective on the patients during the trial which began in February.
However, it cautioned that the optimal duration of treatment is still being studied in ongoing clinical trials.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved the use of the drug for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.