Goodnews as FG Gives Hope on Relaxing Covid-19 Measures
It's indeed a good news, based on the fact that the federal government has at least given hope on Relaxing some of the Covid-19 Measures which was made to curb the spread of the pandemic. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Dr Sani Aliyu, the National Coordinator of the PTF, who made this known on Thursday (yesterday), at a briefing by the task force in Abuja, just as the chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, said he would have locked down the country again if it was within his power, as about 21 local governments in the country have accounted for over 60 per cent of confirmed cases.
Recall, that strict measures were implemented by the Federal Government to Curtail the spread of Coronavirus.
Aliyu said they may be relaxing some of the measures they took earlier on despite the increasing rate of the pandemic, But the relaxation does not mean that they are at a lower risk of catching the virus.
The national coordinator of the PTF, while expressing worry that many Nigerians still did not believe that Covid-19 existed, warned that the risk of contracting the disease as of Thursday was higher than it was previously. He urged all Nigerians to stay at home and learn from their experiences to mitigate preventable fatalities, as it was still the best advice they could give.
Aliyu, while warning Nigerians who were yet to believe in the existence of the virus said they should start believing in COVID if they are to protect themselves from this infection, adding that government was going take the enforcement of the guidelines, especially the use of facemasks, seriously in the next phase of response to the disease.
Aliyu further stated that due to the increasing rate of the pandemic, and also due to their decreasing percentage in bed capacity, that home isolation is really their last resort, as they are working with some of their partners to introduce the concept of community isolation, community support centres as part of hotspot strategy for intervention that are more precision based.
Boss Mustapha on his part, while urging Nigerians to await next step, disclosed that the task force would be presenting its report to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, by the end of the week. He said as the PTF continued to assess the developments nationwide, they found that non-compliance had been largely fuelled by scepticism and ignorance about the disease. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Mustapha therefore pleaded with hospitals not to reject patients but to follow the protocols for managing COVID-19 while receiving them and most importantly, to seek necessary accreditation from the Ministry of Health and NCDC to manage COVID-19 cases.
Chukwuemeka Uwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, also said the decision would be presented to the PTF, as his ministry now has sufficient information to make a decision on school reopening. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of State for Health, while answering a question, said the government need to be relying on the remedies by traditional, complementary and alternative medicines since vaccines might not be ready till 2021.