According to reports reaching oyogist.com, the Nigerian government has approved the reopening of all isolation and treatment centres in the country, which was earlier closed due to decreased patient capacity.
This was made known by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, during a press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19.
He said, “We see the increase in the number of confirmed COVID – 19 cases in the last few days. Last week, we recorded 1,843 against 1,235 we recorded two weeks before. In the past 24 hours, 474 new confirmed cases and two deaths were recorded.”
The minister said the number of deaths had reached 1,184, saying, “Everyone has a role to play in the effort to prevent the explosive spread of this infection in Nigeria. We must prepare for a possible second wave which we must ensure does not get to be worse than what we have seen so far, judging from what we observe in other countries.”
Osagie further stated that the Nigerian Government are “working with WHO, and GAVI led COVAX facilities and other stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria will access quality vaccines when they are deployed.
“Until vaccines are available, our best bet is still the appropriate use of face masks, physical distancing, hand sanitisers and observance of respiratory hygiene, for prevention and control” he said.