Federal Government expresses worries over top Nigerian elites dying due to COVID-19 home treatment

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health, has revealed that most COVID-19 deaths came from educated Nigerian elites who chose home care instead of hospitals where the issues could be handled properly.

He noted that it was only when the situation became critical that they were rushed to hospitals.

“As we learn more about coronavirus every day, we must be ready to adjust our strategy, based on knowledge and evidence. As of Monday, we had sadly recorded 191 deaths in 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“Even though this figure seems low compared to other countries, a disturbing picture emerging from the statistics is that not only are most fatalities linked with pre-existing diseases,   many are educated, well-to-do people, who chose home-based care, where they develop sudden complications and have to be rushed to hospital,” the Minister stated on Tuesday during the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.

“Experience is showing that complications in COVID-19 patients can arise with little or no notice. This is an added reason why all persons should seek medical attention when they test positive.”

“We have recently been in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, and Osogbo, Osun State. We  will continue providing diagnostic commodities and facilities in collaboration with partners.”

“On chloroquine, first, we do not at any time or in any way support self-medication. If you hear that anyone is taking medication of any type, it has to be something prescribed by his doctor. There are medicines that should not be in your hands unless they are prescribed by your doctor.

“There are medicines over-the-counter that you can buy. But there are prescription medicines, which you should not have unless your doctor prescribes them.”

Speaking further he said; “The Federal Ministry of Health places special priority on the maintenance of essential services in both private and public hospitals throughout the country, because of the serious harm that arises from neglecting routine healthcare services like immunisation, chronic disease management, and others due to fear of COVID-19 or sole focus on COVID-19.”

He urged Nigerians to only buy hand sanitisers that are at least 60 percent alcohol based and have been certified by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Admnistration and Control (NAFDAC).

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