Dexamethasone is a type of corticosteroid medication. It is used in the treatment of many conditions, including rheumatic problems. The cost of medicine Dexamethasone is only Rs. 200 in Pakistan but its increasing.
In Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and other cities of Pakistan already the pharmacies have started to hoard Dexamethasone. Black marketing is now at its peak. People are crazily searching for it here and there but its hard to come by. The most dangerous and sad part of this whole story is that already there are fake medicine circulating the country and no one is there to check and verify.
This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “This is great news and I congratulate the Government of the UK, the University of Oxford, and the many hospitals and patients in the UK who have contributed to this lifesaving scientific breakthrough.”
Health department shouldn’t urge people to blindly start taking this medicine. Rather they should first wait for final word from world health bodies as the research is still underway and we dont have vaccine for corona yet and it will take bit of time. Government should ensure that this medicine remains available and put some measures to curb the profiteering and black marketing.
It is high time that WHO should be leading a global drive to contain and then cure COVID. Global initiative is extremely important in this time. US and Europe should lead it, whereas China should also play its part. Who should facilitate that and must continue to work together with all partners to further develop lifesaving therapeutics and vaccines to tackle COVID-19.