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COVID-19: States to receive N100m to enhance response activities

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has mentioned that all States including the FCT are receiving support from the COVID-19 response through the Regional Diseases Surveillance Enhancement (REDISSE) Project, with this support, all States of the Federation will receive NGN100 million to enhance high impact priority response activities.

He disclosed this at the Press Conference on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister said his Ministry rededicates itself to doing everything possible to ensure that citizens get the best of treatment and are well taken care of, with this, he received good testimony about some of the health institutions, like University of Lagos Teaching Hospital and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

He noted that covid-19 cases recorded daily over the past weeks now fluctuate within the 500 to 700 bracket, with 543 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing confirmed total number in Nigeria so far to 38,344, of which 15,815 were successfully treated and discharged. “We have regrettably recorded 813 fatalities, mostly with co-morbidities and tested a total of 247,825 persons in all.

“We can rightly assume from the exponentially increasing numbers, that the pool of potentially infectious persons in the community, is rising and with that, the risk of infection for citizens at all levels of society, since a very significant number of of persons testing positive is not in observation or treatment”, he said.

He commended persons of influence in society, who tested positive for covid-19 and came out publicly to declare it and entrust themselves to prescribed treatment. “They do us a world of good by showing that there is no shame and nothing to hide about COVID-19, and they also contribute immensely to building confidence in the Health System.

“Our focus is still on prevention, being better and cheaper than cure. From what we know of covid-19 so far, we cannot reduce infection rate significantly without adhering to public health advisories such as appropriate wearing of face masks, physical distancing and avoiding crowded places, to avoid the exponential infection rate that sustains covid-19”, he said.

He added that Federal Ministry of Health through the Nigerian Center for Disease Control now has a total of 59 molecular diagnostic laboratories for COVID-19 test activated. “With a little improvement in logistics, lack of availability of testing capacity should not be a tenable excuse any more. The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) has shared its final report on the evaluation of the COVID Organics from Madagascar.

“The initial report had showed that it’s main ingredient is the same as Artemisia anua. While the preparation at high dose showed activity in reducing the frequency of cough, it did not show any evidence that it has real curative properties against COVID-19. However, we shall continue to support all genuine efforts towards finding local covid19 cures”, he said.

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