COVID-19: FG says Nigeria approaching difficult period

COVID-19: FG says Nigeria approaching difficult period

The Federal Government says Nigeria is approaching a difficult era in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This is in view of the increasing number of people who have tested positive to the virus.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, gave the explanation at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) daily briefing on COVID-19. The session was held on Friday in Abuja.

Latest figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shows that a total of 386 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday, May 8, 2020.

However, Ehanire said that this could still be influenced by strict adherence to safety, prevention and non-pharmaceutical injunctions; which he says have been repeatedly given at the daily briefing of the PTF on COVID-19.

The minister said that as the COVID-19 pandemic increases and progress to community transmission level in Nigeria; health ministry and other relevant government agencies were continuously seeking measures to check or break the transmission of the pandemic. He noted that the target was to identify all positive cases and isolate both the symptomatic and asymptomatic; to safeguard the health of the rest of the population as well as provide care to the symptomatic.

Further, Ehanire said that the ministry is continuously monitoring and reviewing the situation and responding with the dispatch of teams of experts to provide technical support to high burden areas or states grappling with epidemic control issues.


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He said that the ministerial response action plan of the Federal Ministry of Health would be ready next week.

“The ministry holds daily situational analysis via teleconference with directors of the ministry of health; medical directors of Federal Hospitals and members of the ministerial expert advisory committee and other relevant stakeholders; such as NPHCDA, NCDC and NAFDAC in attendance.

“This enables real-time reporting on incidents in the field and immediate solution or mitigating steps,’’ the minister said.

Meanwhile, Ehanire disclosed that calm has returned to Gombe State Isolation Centres; while the health ministry has deployed a multi-sectoral technical team on a fact-finding mission to Jigawa. This, he revealed, was at the request of the state governor.

Jigawa government is facing the challenge of repatriated Almajiri, some of whom have tested positive for COVID-19.

Also, Ehanire affirmed that a team sent by the ministry to Kogi had returned to Abuja, without mission accomplishment. He noted that new efforts will be made to engage the state authorities to resolve the differences.

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