Just yesterday, the Governor of Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar inaugurated the first national drug trial for the novel coronavirus at UHS, Lahore. The trial named PROTECT (Pakistan Randomized Observational Trial to Evaluate Coronavirus Treatment) is aiming to evaluate how Hydroxychloroquine can be used to treat coronavirus alone or with other medicines.
Other drugs will also be evaluated during this trial which; azithromycin and oseltamivir. All of these drugs will be evaluated as a single treatment and also as a combination with each other.
After the virus took over the country, the government was quick enough to immediately shift to telemedicine. That shift was appreciated and followed by a lot of countries around the world. The governor of Punjab himself said how it was a very impressive success story. Similarly, this drug trial is also expected to be quite successful as well.
The Vice-Chancellor of UHS has claimed that this drug trial is the biggest trial being carried on COVID-19 so far with 550 patients from all over the country. In this research centre, not only Pakistani doctors will be working but also doctors from Sri Lanka and England have come to work too. They will also be conducting research on the genotype of the virus along with the mutations in it.
This drug trial is set to be completed in two weeks and everyone is quite hopeful for successful results from it. The governor of Punjab has promised to implement the positive result of these researches in not only Punjab but also all over the country. The country has seen a significant spike in COVID-19 positive cases and the success of this drug trial will be a ray of hope in the current situation. The results may even be able to help other countries too.
Till the authorities receive any promising outcomes from the trial, we as a nation have to keep playing our part by staying safe inside our houses. Stay home, stay safe.