The Honourable Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire has said that as Federal Government continue to learn from the experience of managing COVID-19, there is need to improve quality care, health system strengthening and seamless patient evacuation especially in emergency situation which has become crucial.
He disclosed this at the Press Conference in Abuja on Monday, he noted that Federal Government shall continue to review and strive for improvement in the treatment of COVID-19 symptomatic cases, older adults, and those with already existing medical conditions with the view to reduce fatality rate.
He reiterated the importance of adhering to the non-pharmaceutical interventions to curb the virus. “We have also recorded 52,227 COVID-19 positive cases out of 379,542 samples tested so far and treated and discharged 38,945 persons with a total of 1002 deaths.
“We shall not lose sight of the fact that COVID-19 is not the only health challenge faced by our people. We shall therefore ensure that routine services are strengthened. This pandemic has further underscored the importance of immunization and vaccination to good health. Strengthening routine immunization shall continue to receive attention especially as Nigeria will receive her polio free certification this week”, he said.
He added that Federal Government will continue to inter-phase with different professional groups using different fora e.g. meeting via online platforms locally and internationally. “This is to keep in touch with new findings and treatment measures. Last Friday, I had a meeting with the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) and the Guild of Medical Directors (GMD).
“One of the highlights from the meeting was the pledge of the Medical practitioners to support the National Emergency Treatment Services and Ambulance System (NEMSAS). Moving forward we shall work together in partnership towards improving health outcomes”, he said.