The City of Manila procured 2,000 vials of the antiviral drug Remdesivir to treat patients who contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Mayor Isko Moreno confirmed Thursday.

Moreno said the local government paid P13 million for the vials at P6,500 each, a discounted price from its original price of nearly P20,000.

“Kung saka-sakali kakailanganin pa, bibili pa po tayo, mapangalagaan lang namin kayo, mapataas lang namin ang probabilidad na kapag kayo ay na-infect ng COVID-19, kayo ay mag-recover,” Moreno said. 

“This is part of our continuous effort to strengthen the medical care for our mild, moderate and severe cases of COVID-19 in Manila,” he posted on Twitter.

 

Moreno shared that the drug was approved to be used in six district hospitals in Manila.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan informed the public that the use of Remdesivir is not yet available over the counter and only hospitals are allowed to use it.

“Sa ospital lang po ito ginagamit, hindi po ito sa bahay ginagamit, para po ito sa atin pong mga pasyente na mayroong mild, moderate or severe na mga sintomas,” Lacuna-Pangan said.

“Napapaigsi po nito yung panahon ng pagkakaroon ng sakit, at nababawasan po yung sintomas. Kaya minabuti po ng ating Mayor na lahat po ng anim na ospital natin ay magkaroon na po tayo ng remdesivir nang sa ganon po ay maagapan naman po natin yung ating mga pasyente na very risky yung kanilang sitwasyon,” she said.

Remdesivir has gained its popularity for its “clear cut” effect in fighting the Covid-19 infection. RJ Espartinez