The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday night announced new cases for the COVID-19 across the country has risen to 17,148.
The new cases confirmed across the states of the federation are stated below:
FCT – 60
Bayelsa – 54
Rivers – 39
Delta – 37
Oyo – 30
Kaduna – 26
Imo – 23
Total number of confirmed cases is now 17,148.
so far, 5,623 patients has been discharged while 455 deaths were recorded.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated Dexamethsaone has not been validated for use in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
The drug, which scientists in the United Kingdom have hailed as a major breakthrough, is a widely used low-dose steroids, found to considerably reduce the risk of dying from COVID-19.
According to NCDC “The results support the use of Dexamethsaone 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 WHO.
“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.”
The drug is already being used to reduce inflammation in a range of other conditions, including arthritis, asthma and some skin conditions.