Records Reflect Global Decline In COVID-19 Cases – Ehanire

Records Reflect Global Decline In COVID-19 Cases – Ehanire

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says available records show that there is a global decline in cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

Ehanire stated this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) national briefing on Monday in Abuja, said: “This trend in reduction compares with global observations of seeming decline in COVID -19 cases, signifying that the second wave may be receding.

“We are, however, not drawing conclusions yet and certainly not declaring victory but rather watching developments as they unfold nationally and internationally, ready to make use of comparative advantages that may emerge.

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“We are intensifying the monitoring of COVID-19 positive cases, especially those that can self-isolate, by strengthening and improving the capacity of personnel, to manage home-based care.”

He, however, emphasised that those on home-based care should report to their hospital or case manager, immediately they experienced symptoms or felt their symptoms were getting worse.

“Experience has shown that COVID-19 disease can deteriorate suddenly and rapidly, resulting in life-threatening severity that can be managed if presented early enough. Late presentation is a leading cause of increase in mortality.

“Findings from supportive supervision of treatment centres also indicate that vulnerable and ‘at risk’ persons are among those reluctant to accept hospital admission, especially if they have no severe symptoms. It is important to follow medical advice and comply with directives.

“The bed occupancy at our isolation and treatment centres is about 36 per cent, so there is sufficient bed space to comfortably accommodate patients and we stand ready to redistribute from heavy burden to lower burden hospitals, if the need arises,” Ehanire said.

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Stephen Jesuwale
Jesuwale Stephen is a journalist who finished from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. He is a distinctive writer, media strategist and also a Digital Marketer