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NCDC discredits Dexamethasone as COVID-19 drug

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has distanced itself from Dexamethasone, the newly-launched COVID-19 drug.

NCDC issued a statement against Dexamethasone as follows:

The NCDC is aware of recent outcomes from a UK-Government funded Dexamethasone clinical trial for COVID-19.

The results support the use of Dexamethasone as a possible treatment to reduce the risk of death among COVID-19 patients, who require oxygen or mechanical ventilation.

Please note that the Government of Nigeria has not validated or approved any treatment for COVID-19.

In addition, the use of Dexamethasone for COVID-19 treatment has not been validated by

We are aware of ongoing clinical trials conducted by scientists in the UK and will work with our sister agencies to evaluate this emerging data on the use of Dexamethasone.

We will inform the general public on outcomes following scientific review and validation

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