Facts have emerged on the need to know that the coronavirus infection is curable despite the fact that many lives numbering 51 have been lost to the battle.
With the successful treatment and discharge of 307 persons for COVID-19 in the country, the federal government on Thursday said this is an indication that the virus is curable.
It urged Nigerians not to escalate the spread of the disease by adhering to extant medical advisories.
Also, the federal government added that the numbers of medical workers infected by the ailment hit 113.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who stated this yesterday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, observed that the recovery rate is 95 per cent or more, hence no need for stigmatisation or fear by people to hide or seek alternative treatment. He implored those with symptoms to come out for tests and overcome all inhibitive fears.
The minister clarified that not all 113 infected health workers were public employees, stressing that most of them work in private hospitals. His words: “We have frequently spoken against those who do not have prerequisite training and have no business handling coronavirus in private clinics. They do not take necessary precautions, and they risk infecting themselves and their families.”
Ehanire noted that the daily laboratory testing capacity had increased to 2,500 in 15 laboratories across the federation, adding that government was mulling local production to avert shortage of personal protective equipment (PPEs) in the country.
Also speaking, chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, stated that Nigeria would develop own homegrown treatment for the novel coronavirus, enjoining all cure claimants to subject their claims to the protocols, processes and procedures.
He warned Nigerians not to mistake the easing of restrictions from next week for permission to act without care, as security agents had been instructed to respect the rights of citizens, while also ensuring strict enforcement.
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