The drug known as ‘Favipiravir’ is said to have potent against severe acute respiratory syndrome of coronavirus. It was used for the first time in Wuhan city, China where the pandemic emerged for first time.
“There is a drug that has been on global pharmaceutical market within three weeks. Over 18,000 of such drugs will arrive at Kigali International Airport on Wednesday 5pm. We are attending to all patients so that everyone will receive the drug, that we believe will help them recover,” he said in a talk show aired on RTV.
Dr Ngamije explained that the drug helps to alleviate Covid-19 severity and is promising to reduce deaths.
Rwanda has registered 1402 new Coronavirus cases from across the country while 22 have succumbed to the virus within the past seven days. The country is recording surge in Coronavirus cases whereby over 200 infections are found almost every day.
The City of Kigali has been the major hotspot for new cases but the Minister of Health urged residents in other parts of the country to avoid complacency.
Apart from the drug alleviating Coronavirus complications, Dr Ngamije also revealed that Rwanda is seeking how to receive Covid-19 vaccine in the near future.
“We are expending much effort through the United Nations and other mechanisms so that we can receive the vaccine the soonest possible. We are willing and hopeful to receive it in the near future,” he said.
Dr Ngamije has explained that Rwanda has made all possible preparations to receive vaccines once they are ready for distribution.
Rwanda has recently acquired new freezers capacitating the country to administer all types of Covid-19 vaccines.