Wear a mask, avoid ventilator, PTF warns

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With just a 1,415,000 tests, the Federal Government is aware of the enormous task ahead in combating coronavirus.

The Chairman,Presidential Task force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha disclosed that Nigeria’s  test per million is at 4,695 while test positivity rate is at 9.6% and  Case Fatality Rate has increased to 1.4%. Haven recorded 1,324 deaths, these data are not encouraging.

“Nigeria just crossed the 1million mark for testing across the federation. Testing remains a key strategy of our National Response,” said Mustapha at the national press briefing in Abuja.

He further said: “The PTF urges the sub-nationals to revamp testing and contact tracing in the bid to curb the menace of this dreaded virus. It is only through testing that we can know our status and treat early if infected.

“This will provide among other things, evidence for effective feedback, course correction, experience learning and sharing, as well as optimize documentation systems for future reference.

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“Efforts are being made to increase the supply of oxygens to our health facilities across the country. Mr. President has approved the establishment of at least one new Oxygen plants in each state of the Federation, while the existing ones will be made fully functional.

“As the Government is working round the clock to secure a safe and right vaccines for the Country, we call on the Media, Traditional and Religious as well as our community leaders to pass the right message to their followers so that together, we can win this war against this virus.”

The PTF chairman said government  is working to develop new Health Protection Regulations to support existing COVID-19 protocols and to strengthen compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions across the country.

He decried the procurement of fake COVID-19 test certificates, describing such attitude as embarrassing. “Some Nigerians continue to present fake results when travelling outside the shores of this country. This remains a major source of concern to the Federal Government.

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“The PTF has directed private laboratories to immediately put in place measures to validate results and ensure that all passengers are registered on the travel portal before samples are processed to stop this activity,” said Mustapha.