Saudi Arabia approves Dexamethasone to treat COVID-19 patients
Saudi Arabia has approved dexamethasone to treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients after UK researchers found that the generic steroid drug substantially cuts the death rate among the seriously ill COVID-19 patients.
The Saudi Ministry of Health said that dexamethasone would be used within the treatment protocol for coronavirus patients.
"We have already started to give dexamethasone to hospitalised patients and those under intensive care who need oxygen," the ministry’s spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Al Abdul Ali said.
He underlined that healthcare specialists at the ministry are following the findings of studies conducted by research centres globally, Gulf News reported.
He stressed that the ministry has been updating its therapeutic protocol for critically ill COVID-19 patients on oxygen and respiratory support who are currently under intensive care.
Dr. Al Abdul Ali said: "According to studies, dexamethasone has been proven to cut mortality by as much as 35% for patients on ventilators, and by about 20% for those on oxygen only."
Dexamethasone is hailed as the biggest breakthrough yet in the fight against coronavirus, according to British researchers. It is a cheap, widely available drug that reduces deaths among sever COVID-19 patients.