Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, has advised Nigerians to wear face masks when at home if they are unsure of the COVID-19 status of the people they live with.
The minister said this while speaking at the media briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Tuesday, adding that masks should be worn on the face and not the chin.
The minister said the fight against the disease is now in the hands of Nigerians, and they must do all they can to limit the spread.
“We have not reached our testing target yet. We, therefore, ask all persons who fit the case definition of fever, cough, sore throat, loss of sense of smell, taste to first use a mask and find the nearest testing centre,” the minister said.
“Finally, as we move into the next phase of the easing of the lockdown, I urgently call on all Nigerians to take responsibility for ensuring that we actively play our roles in ensuring that COVID-19 does not spike as observed in many countries where lockdown was relaxed. It is important to bear in mind that this phase more than lockdown itself is in the hands of the people.
“Please wear your face masks in public once you leave your house even inside your house if you are not sure of the COVID-19 status of the people you live with. Wear your mask on your face, not under your chin. It has no value under your chin.
“Citizens of Kogi and Cross River will no longer have the shortage of the opportunity to be tested. It is important to restrategise to meet all citizens at the point of their needs. I urge all state authorities in Nigeria to accept reality and work with each other and the federal government.”
Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.
Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.
Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines
These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.
Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.
This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.
COVID-19: Cross River Govt Kicks Against Stigmatisation, Urges Residents To Get Tested
The Cross River Government has kicked against stigmatisation of people with COVID-19 in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu stated this on Monday while sensitizing the residents of Yakurr and Abi Local Government Areas of the state.
Dr. Edu while sensitizing the residents of the area pointed out that the disease is not a death sentence, rather residents should go for test to know their status.
She went on to emphasize the need for leaders within the communities to get involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, ways to prevent the disease, and preventable deaths adding that testing centres have been established in both communities.
She also reiterated the need to strengthen the health system and promote health within the communities.
PTF: Despite Presenting Negative COVID-19 Results, 40 Percent Of Passengers On A Single Int’l Flight Tested Positive
The Federal Government has raised the alarm over COVID-19 test results being presented by international flights passenger.
Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, raised the alarm while appearing before a joint Senate committee on health and aviation.
Ibrahim Oloriegbe, chairman, Senate Committee on Health, at the meeting, had expressed concern about the protocols for international flight operations about COVID-19 test requirements.
Responding to the concern, Aliyu expressed that some international flight passengers who presented negative COVID-19 results tested positive for thereon arrival in Nigeria.
Aliyu said there was an instance in which 40 percent of passengers on a single flight tested positive for COVID-19, despite presenting negative COVID-19 results before boarding.
Speaking further, he justified the measure put in place for flight operations, while he also revealed that the validity period of test had been reduced to four days from the initial seven days to prevent repeat occurrences.
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