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Covid-19: Deaths analysis shows half died at home with no symptom – FG

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has said that a curious finding from the analysis of the deaths cases showed ;that nearly half of them died at home while those who died at home, about 50% did not show any symptom of having Coronavirus.

The Minister disclosed this at the Press Conference on Covid-19 in Abuja on Thursday, he emphasised on the need for those who test positive to report for treatment and those awaiting result to heed the advisory to self-isolate from friends, wear face masks and observe hand and respiratory hygiene until your result is releases.

He said by so doing, they will be protecting their family, friends and community. “As at this morning, we have recorded a total of 6,677 confirmed cases in 34 states and the FCT out of which I,840 have been successfully treated and discharged. Unfortunately we have recorded 200 deaths in 25 state and the FCT.

Now we have 26 laboratories spread in 17 states. This has increased our testing capacity. However, while our daily testing capacity is presently at 2,500, unfortunately, we are presently able to test less than 1,500. This is due largely to inadequate surveillance and contact tracing in the states”, he said.

As more laboratories come on board, he used this opportunity to call on state governments to increase the number of surveillance teams so that more testing can be done in the laboratories. “We have developed new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to track surveillance strategic directions and programmes

“As we scale up training of health workers on infection prevention and control, infection among our health workers has reduced significantly. We have trained the 4th batch of Health Care Workers and Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors in Kano State. Training and retraining is a continuous process and we shall sustain the initiative”, he said.

He added that Federal Ministry of Health through Nigeria Center for Disease Control had high level engagement with Hospital Services and Secondary health facilities to improve patients’ management and data qualities. “State level Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) trainings working with partners to step down trainings at community level is currently ongoing.

“The fact finding team to Calabar has concluded is back and a report has been submitted. I would like to commend his Excellency, Governor Ben Ayadi for his proactive approach. We shall work with the state teams to ensure that we scale up surveillance and contact tracing in the state. We shall explore the possibility of upgrading laboratories in the state to ensure ease of testing when suspected cases are identified”, he said.

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