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UAE hospitals use 3 types of medicines to treat COVID-19 patients – Medic

UAE hospitals use 3 types of medicines to treat COVID-19 patients – Medic

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 10 Apr 2020, 04:12 pm

Moscow/Sputnik/UNI:  Hospitals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are using three types of medications to treat patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, including drugs against malaria, bacterial infections and HIV, Bassam Mahboob, a consultant pulmonologist and allergist in the Emirates Medical Association, said in an interview with the Dubai-based Al-Bayan newspaper.

"Medicines, which are currently used in public hospitals to treat [patients] with the coronavirus, are divided into three groups. The first one is Kaletra, an antiviral medication for the treatment of HIV/AIDS," Mahboob, who is the head of the Respiratory Department at the Rashid Hospital, said.

The specialist noted that this antiviral drug was very effective in reducing the speed of the spread of COVID-19 in the body.

"The second option is a combination of Chloroquine and Azithromycin, a drug for malaria and an antibiotic used for the treatment of bacterial infections [respectively]," Mahboob said, adding that the latter was commonly used if a patient had tonsillitis or angina, or had caught a cold.

The doctor said that these medications were used to treat pneumonia with a high body temperature during a long period of time.

According to Mahboob, the recovery period for a patient infected with the coronavirus disease varies from one individual to another and often takes from two to six weeks until the disease ends.

On March 11, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. As of Friday, the UAE’s health ministry has registered 2,990 COVID-19 cases with 14 fatalities and 268 recoveries.

UAE hospitals use 3 types of medicines to treat COVID-19 patients – Medic

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