- The coordinator of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, has advised states against keeping asymptomatic coronavirus patients in isolation centres
- Aliyu said asymptomatic patients which constitute about 80% of those infected in the country are better treated in places like hotels since they do not need serious treatment
- The task force coordinator said the isolation centres should be reserved for those with serious symptoms who need more attention
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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has advised against keeping asymptomatic coronavirus patients in isolation centres.
The national coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, gave the advice on Wednesday, May 6 in Abuja, The Nation reports.
Aliyu said such persons, who constitute about 80% of those infected were better treated in more comfortable places like hotels.
He charged states to start preparing and equipping isolation centres with not less than 300 beds.
Giving further explanation, Aliyu said it is advised to keep those with little or no symptoms away from hospitals and regular isolation centres because they would not need serious treatment or monitoring.
He added that keeping them from the isolation centres will also make spaces more adequate for those with serious symptoms.
Aliyu also urged Nigerians to take the coronavirus pandemic with seriousness, warning that efforts must be intensified to avoid another spike as the country begins easing lockdown in phases.
He reiterated that the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria was far from being over just as he also urged Nigerians to cooperate with security agents in observing the guidelines recently issued for the eased lockdown.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, allayed the fear of Nigerians over the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
Speaking at the daily briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Monday, April 20.
Ehanire said 90% of people who contract the virus will recover.
The health minister said people are afraid due to the high number of confirmed cases “that they forget about those recovering.”
"There is no reason for apprehension because over 90 per cent of those who have COVID-19 will recover," he added.
The minister said only a few people get very sick after contracting the virus.
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