Zafar Mirza says Dexamethaone only for critically ill COVID-19 patients

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza has Wednesday warned that Dexamethaone, which showed positive results in UK, is only for critically ill COVID-19 patients.

The SAPM tweeted, “Positive results from UK on use of Dexamethaone in critical patients welcomed by WHO as a 1st treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring Oxygen or ventilator support. Expert Committee in Pakistan to consider inclusion.”

Dr Zafar Mirza further added, “It is an old & cheap anti-inflammatory medicine (steroid) & we have multiple producers in Pakistan.”

“It is ONLY FOR critically ill COVID-19 patients ie those on oxygen and ventilators; the medicine MUST NOT be used by mild to moderate patients; self-medication is strictly prohibited and can be dangerous as the medicine has many side-effects,” he concluded. 

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