NACA: FG May Deploy HIV Drugs to Treat Coronavirus


Eromosele Abiodun and Nume Ekeghe

The federal government has said it may as well deploy HIV drug, Kaletra, to treat the Coronavirus in the event that it gets to Nigeria.

Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Gambo Gumel Aliyu, stated this yesterday while featuring on The Morning Show, a breakfast programme on Arise Television, the sister broadcast arm of THISDAY Newspapers.

Aliyu, who said the drug is currently being tried in China, added: “The drug is called Kaletra. It is a combination of two drugs, Lopinavir and Norvir. This drug has been found to be useful in prior cases of MARS, because of that people have been advocating for its use. The Chinese government has started a process to give it a trial, treating patients with the Coronavirus. Data are not yet very much available. We are still monitoring and waiting to find out how patients are responding, and if we find any case here we will deploy such medication to ensure that people are…

Source: Thisday Newspaper