Majority of coronavirus patients will recover, says Ihekweazu
- The NCDC has assured Nigerians that the majority of the coronavirus patients in Nigeria will recover
- NCDC boss, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, in his projection, says 95 to 98 per cent of the patients will recover without medical intervention.
- According to him, the only reason why the patients are kept in an isolation centre is to prevent transmission
The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, say 95 to 98 per cent of coronavirus patients will recover irrespective of medical intervention.
Dr Ihekweazu stated this on Wednesday, April 29 at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
According to him, the only reason why the patients are kept in an isolation centre is to prevent transmission.
His words: “Many patients are asymptomatic and will recover. The only reason we are keeping them in isolation and treatment centres is to prevent transmission to others as much as possible.
“Five to 15 per cent depending, on where they are, will become severely ill and some will, unfortunately, pass away.”
At the moment, about 34 states have cases of coronavirus, but Ihekweazu warned that every state of the federation is at a high risk of the pandemic.
He said: “So the idea that moving from one state to another qualifies you to be at higher risk really is no longer the case.
“The measures recommended globally are the same measure we recommend for everyone.
“Therefore, whatever measures we have to do, we have to do it collectively, whether you are in the north, south, east or west.”
Meanwhile, the NCDC has reopened the testing lab for COVID-19 in Kano state.
The lab was earlier closed after it was contaminated and staff members tested positive. The NCDC had to halt testing to decontaminate the facility while samples were taken to the nation's capital, Abuja during the period.
Speaking at the daily COVID-19 Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja on Monday, April 27, Ihekweazu said the situation has been rectified.
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In a related development, the NCDC has advised pregnant and breastfeeding women to take routine preventative actions to avoid contracting COVID-19.
“Pregnant women have had a higher risk of severe illness when infected with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections such as influenza,” Ihekweazu said in a recent interview.
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