- As confirmed Covid-19 cases exceeded 7000, FG said it will cease from taking a central control in the battle against pandemic
- Dr Sani Aliyu, PTF coordinator, made this known in Abuja, saying governors will now take central responsibility in their states
- Also speaking at a Covid-19 briefing, health minister Osagie Ehanire warned against self-me'dication amid reports Nigerians are stockpiling hydroxychloroquine
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The federal government has said that it may henceforth not take central control in the battle against Covid-19 as the governors will now be left with the best responses for their respective states.
Sani Aliyu, the coordinator of Covid-19 presidential task force, on Thursday, May 21, made the disclosure during a media briefing in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.
Aliuyu further disclosed that as the government at the centre is pushing for state governors to take-over, there will be a collective response to a different approach on the next line of action.
He said the PTF will provide support to the governors in making decisions but it may not make decision centrally.
“We’ll not continue to drive this response centrally from the federal side. We expect state governments to have their capacity to be able to implement those measures required to safeguard the lives of the people," Aliyu said.
"We’ll continue to work with the state governments to ensure that whatever is put in place is in the best interest of their citizens. We’re in the business of saving lives.”
“So, in this regard, as far as we’re concerned, state governments will continue to have their responsibility as we go forward."
Also speaking again during the briefing, health minister Osagie Ehanire said hypertension, diabetes, HIV, cancer, others account for 70% coronavirus deaths.
Boss Mustapha, who is the PTF chairman also disclosed that the federal government has received reports that Nigerians have been stockpiling hydroxychloroquine in large quantities.
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He urged Nigerians to stop self-med'ication as there is no cure yet for coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the federal government has disclosed that schools nationwide will soon be opened without giving any particular date when the reopening of schools will take place.
The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made the disclosure on Thursday, May 21, during the briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19.
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