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SA has the capacity to provide dexamethasone to COVID-19 patients: Zweli Mkhize

Dr Zweli Mkhize

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says South Africa has excellent local capacity to provide the steroid drug dexamethasone to COVID-19 patients. Researchers have found the drug helps cut the risk of death for patients on ventilators by a third.

The breakthrough finding was made in the UK earlier this week. Dexamethasone is not recommended for asymptomatic patients or those who don’t require oxygen.

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The government says South African health care workers are familiar with the drug, having used it for decades as a registered medicine. South Africa is one of the manufacturers and suppliers of the drug.

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Source: eNCA