Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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28 Apr 2020
7:17 pm

Sama warns against possible use of Cuban ‘wonder drug’

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Though it has not been confirmed if the Cubans in South Africa plan to use the drug they and China have deployed in dealing with Covid-19, the South African Medical Asssociation has warned against its use.

More than 200 Cuban health professionals touched down in South Africa in the early hours of Monday morning, 27 April 2020. Image: Facebook/Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

The South African Medical Association (Sama) has warned against the introduction of a drug used in the Cuban and Chinese arsenal to treat Covid-19 patients in those countries. According to Sama’s Dr Akhtar Hussain, South Africa and other countries are in various stages of scientific experimentation for treatment of the virus. But in the main, Covid-19 treatment protocols resemble that of the treatment of pneumonia and was largely working in South Africa, whose recovery numbers were on the rise. “What is being done to treat patients in South Africa, likewise in places like America and England is based on scientific...