- Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, has disclosed that most COVID-19 deaths in the country occur among educated and wealthy Nigerians
- Ehanire made the disclosure during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja
- The minister said the patients who chose home-based care are only rushed to hospitals after sudden complications
Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, has disclosed that most COVID-19 deaths in the country occur among educated and wealthy people who chose to be treated at home.
Ehanire made the disclosure on Tuesday, May 19, during a briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Abuja, The Cable reports.
He said the patients who chose home-based care were only rushed to hospitals after sudden complications.
“Not only are most fatalities observed to be linked with pre-existing diseases, many of them are educated well-to-do people, who chose home-based care where complications suddenly developed and they have to be rushed to the hospital,” Ehanire said.
The minister urged anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to seek medical attention and not to self-medicate.
He pointed out that COVID-19 causes breathing complications in patients which makes home-based care risky.
Meanwhile, the federal government has advised Nigerians to hope for the best but prepare for the worst in dealing with the realities of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The advice was specifically given by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.
Ehanire, therefore, urged all Nigerians especially those in the health sector to dedicate a great amount of time at this period to gather vital knowledge about the disease.
He made it clear that one disturbing trend observed from statistics is that deaths from the virus are mostly linked to other underlying diseases.
Still on health, the task force on the fight against COVID-19 in Imo on Monday, May 18, declared that the state is now coronavirus free. Before now, the southeast state had seven active cases of the dreaded disease.
Briefing journalists in Owerri, chairman of the committee, Professor Maurice Iwu explained that three out of the cases recorded in the state were discharged on Sunday, May 17 following their satisfactory condition.
Iwu is a well-respected Nigerian professor of pharmacognosy and a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
He studied at the University of Bradford, England, receiving a Master of Pharmacy degree in 1976, and a PhD in 1978.
He was appointed by Governor Hope Uzodinma to use his experience to help Imo state tackle the viral disease.
Meanwhile, a former governor of Anambra state, Mr Peter Obi, has shared relief materials worth millions of naira to two hospitals in Abia and Imo states.
Each of the hospitals received relief materials worth about two million naira, namely; 1 carton of 2000 face masks, 8 cartons of hand gloves (8000 pieces), 4 cartons of sanitizers (200 big containers of 500mls each) and 8 big cartons of paracetamol.
The beneficiaries included Holy Rosary Hospital, Emekuku, Owerri, Imo state; Madonna Catholic Hospital, Umuahia; Our Savior’s Hospital and Maternity, Amainyi, Imo state and Methodist Hospital, Uzuakoli, Umuahia
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