The government of India has decided to send 500,000 hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets to Afghanistan in a bid to help with the treatment of the COVID-19 patients, it has been reported.
India will use the Saarc Covid-19 emergency fund set up to send the tablets to Afghanistan.
A senior government official has told the Hindustan Times that New Delhi is currently working on options for the shipment of the tablets to Afghanistan in view of relations with Pakistan.
“We are looking at various possibilities to reach the medicine to the people of Afghanistan at the earliest,” the official said.
Global demand for the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine had boosted over the last few weeks after some studies showed that it helped to reduce the viral load in Covid-19 patients, according to Hindustan Times.
This comes as the COVID-19 positive cases are sharply rising in Afghanistan and the total cases rose to 784 as of Wednesday.
The disease has killed at least 25 people including some doctors, the officials in Ministry of Public Health said.