August 11, 2022


The Federal Government is set to clinically classify cases of coronavirus infection according to their severity.

This was disclosed by Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire on Wednesday while briefing journalists in Abuja.

He said four categories of patients had been created to prevent overcrowding at the isolation centres.

“While 80 percent of people who are infected with the virus may have little or no symptoms, some will have mild, some moderate and others severe symptoms, and may require oxygen and ventilators.

“Because we are grading our cases in such ways, that is why Gwagwalada is not yet overcrowded. We are considering the severity of cases, otherwise, one isolation centre will be filled up if we are mixing all the cases together” he said

“The president’s aides who tested positive are receiving treatment in a secure facility in the country. They do not need category four type treatment, they require general treatment. They are in a secure government facility where they are being monitored and checked, but if they get to that critical level four type, they will be moved to another facility. With the symptoms and levels they are in, they can be treated in a facility that is able to handle the symptoms they are displaying. Any other person who has the same symptoms can be classified like that.

“There are casual contacts and close contacts and the contact tracing had been done. I am one of those tested and the result came out negative. The permanent secretary and the secretary to the government of the federation also tested negative. Every other person that did the test has to reveal his status by himself. “ added Ehanire

He reaffirmed that the Federal Government was doing all it could to contain the pandemic.

“One major item in Nigeria’s disease containment strategy is social distancing, which has been repeatedly announced. Directives have thus been issued at national and state levels to limit all large gatherings, including religious, social, political and schools, events. Some states have put the maximum number at a gathering at 50, but a general order will be announced.

“Markets have also been closed and alternative solutions to the food supply chain created in some states. More of the all-important social distancing measures shall be considered in the coming days. The inconveniences are regretted, but I urge all citizens to accept and practise them in good faith, as they are for our common good and in the interest of us all. More measures may need to be instituted by the federal and state governments as the situation evolves.” he said

Ehanire further urged health facilities at all levels to be on high alert and called on Nigerians to stop self-medicating.

“Rapid test kits are said not to be reliable and have not been validated by the World Health Organisation (WHO). They are not being used here in Nigeria.

“We are learning lessons, we are lucky that we learnt a lot during the outbreak of Ebola and it is helping us very well. “We have requested the Chinese ambassador to give us information on how they have handled their situation. Others are also learning from us. There is room to do better, even countries that have strong health systems appear to be overwhelmed, if you don’t want to be overwhelmed, move fast.”

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