JOHANNESBURG: President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Wednesday evening that Dexamethasone drug has shown positive results and will, therefore, be used to help treat those affected by COVID-19 in South Africa, specifically those in the ICU and under ventilators.
The Dexamethasone drug is said to have been used since the 1960s to reduce inflammation in a range of conditions, including inflammatory disorders and certain cancers.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) also acknowledged the use of this drug.
“This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general.
“This is great news and I congratulate the Government of the UK, the University of Oxford, and the many hospitals and patients in the UK who have contributed to this lifesaving scientific breakthrough.”
President also announced that some sporting games will be allowed to resume as part of the way of easing the lockdown restrictions.
The personal care industry has also been given go ahead during Level 3. This include barbershop, salons and more.
Ramaphosa has also come strongly against the prevalent Gender-Based Violence (GBV) saying the police should continue arresting the accused.
Ramaphosa says the violence against women has turned to be another epidemic among COVID-19.
The President sent condolences to the families affected by the GBV.