- The FG said the country is approaching difficult response era in the fight against coronvirus
- Also, the FG said relevant government agencies were continuously seeking measures to check or break the transmission of the pandemic
- Going further, the FG urged Nigerians to continue strict adherence to safety, prevention highlighted by the government
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With increasing figures of people who tested positive to the federal government says Nigeria is approaching a difficult era in response to the novel coronavirus disease outbreak.
The minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, gave the explanation at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) daily briefing on COVID19 on Friday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 381 persons tested positive to the virus as at 11.20 p.m. on May 7.
Ehanire, however, said that this could still be influenced by strict adherence to safety, prevention that have been repeatedly given at the daily briefing of the PTF on COVID-19.
The minister said that as the COVID-19 pandemic increases and progress to community transmission level in Nigeria, health ministry and other relevant government agencies were continuously seeking measures to check or break the transmission of the pandemic.
He noted that the target was to identify all positive cases and isolate both the symptomatic and asymptomatic to safeguard the health of the rest of the population as well as provide care to the symptomatic.
Ehanire said that the ministry “is continuously monitoring and reviewing the situation and responding with the dispatch of teams of experts to provide technical support to high burden areas or states grappling with epidemic control issues.
He said that the ministerial response action plan of the Federal Ministry of Health would be ready next week.
“The ministry holds daily situational analysis via teleconference with directors of the ministry of health, medical directors of Federal Hospitals and members of the ministerial expert advisory committee and other relevant stakeholders, such as NPHCDA, NCDC and NAFDAC in attendance.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Ogun government says it is constrained to extend the existing lockdown in the state by one week.
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Gov. Dapo Abiodun, who made this known while addressing journalists in Abeokuta, said it had become imperative to extend the lockdown as a means to save lives.
The extension, however, is contrary to the expectation of residents who had thought the lockdown would be eased after on Sunday.
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