Kampala, Uganda | The Ministry of Health says it has had good results using hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in managing COVID-19 patients despite findings from a recent U.S. analysis of old cases that the drugs have no effect on treating the disease.
Uganda has used the two drugs in combination with azithromycin to manage its COVID-19 patients at Entebbe General Hospital. So far, 53 patients have been treated at Entebbe and they have fully recovered. In addition to hydroxychloroquine, the patients have been given Vitamin C.
Dr Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health says that regardless of the recent retrospective analysis in the U.S., Uganda has scored good results from using the drugs. “These drugs are not new. We have used them before. We know they have side effects but in terms of our case management, we saw good results,” Dr Atwine said.
Prof Pauline Byakika, a member of the Scientific Committee on COVID-19 says that the U.S. findings need to be interpreted cautiously because they were from an observational study of old cases which has many unknowns.
The drugs have properties that help to stop the virus from getting into the cell and multiplying, reducing disease progression and severity.
See the original article here: https://www.independent.co.ug/23-more-people-test-positive-to-covid-19-cases-rise-to-198/