The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has said there are measures to be taken, to limit case fatality rate of COVID-19 since majority of fatalities are over 50 years of age, or have preexisting ailments like diabetes, cancer, hypertension, kidney disease, HIV, etc, as this group of citizens has to be specially protected.
The Minister disclosed this at the Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, he said the increasing number of cases should be a warning that fatalities will increase too, but there are measures which can be taken, to limit case fatality rate.
According to him, “This protection begins with limiting their exposure to risks of covid19 infection by urging stay at home, except there is urgent and dire need to go out. To wear a face mask or a covering at any time, once outside the house, or when inside the house with persons who may have been exposed.
“To observe all other non pharmaceutical advisory, like frequent hand washing, social distancing, respiratory hygiene, sanitizer use, etc. I must emphasize that going to places where there can be a crowd, like market or also places of worship carries risk of increased exposure”, he said.
He stressed that being in a closed room increases the risk of exposure to infection in proportion to the number of people and the length of time spent with them, because the likelihood of presence of a positive person increases with the number and infection with time of exposure.
“All persons in the vulnerable group who test positive should go to a treatment center immediately, in their own best interest. A vuln5person is not among those who should risk staying at home, because complications can arise easily and suddenly or at an odd hour of the day or night when there will be no immediate help available”.
He added that any person who tested positive and opted to stay home or elsewhere should move to a treatment center at the first sign of fever or shortness or breath. “A delay can be fatal because the disease progression can be unpredictable and faster than imagined.
“Witherspoon these important measures, we could mitigate the fatality rate. The novel coronavirus is still among us and is infecting people daily, including prominent members of the society. Friends and family have an increasingly important role to play in helping to guide compliance with this advisory”, he said.