- Private hospitals have been urged not to reject patients of other diseases because of the fear of Covid-19
- Sani Aliyu, the PTF coordinator, said there is a rise in child and maternal mortality as many hospitals reject patients
- Aliyu, however, appealed to the hospitals to ensure they have PPE for their staff
The national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, has appealed to private hospitals in the country not to reject patients of other diseases because of the fear of Covid-19.
Aliyu noted that hospitals are to take care of patients, not allowing them to suffer or die because of the coronavirus pandemic, Daily Trust reports.
“We must not allow preventable deaths to occur in our communities simply because of COVID or because we are afraid of it," he said.
The PTF coordinator said the emergence of Covid-19 has negatively impacted on Nigeria's health sector, adding that there is an increase in maternal and child mortality.
He also noted that many Nigerians, especially the vulnerable and those with underlying diseases, have stopped going to the hospital for treatment because of the fear of contracting Covid-19.
“As I’ve said in the past, if you have fever today in Nigeria, it’s more likely going to be due to malaria than due to COVID infection and people need to be able to access care,” Aliyu said.
He said the PTF would continue to protect the health and safety of health workers both in the public and private sectors.
He also appealed to private hospitals to ensure they have adequate PPE to protect their staff on the line of duties.
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Meanwhile, as the fight against coronavirus rages on in Nigeria, the federal government has cried out over the refusal of some people who tested positive for COVID-19 to stay at the isolation centres for treatment.
The chairman and the national coordinator of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, raised the alarm during the daily briefing in Abuja on Thursday, June 4.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation explained that those who had tested positive died due to the worsening of their conditions while staying away from isolation centres.
The Nigerian government also expressed concern over reports that the public is not supporting health authorities enough for contact tracing.
Mustapha while charging the public to cooperate whenever they are visited for contact tracing by health officials, noted that fatalities have been recorded as a result of the condition of patients who don't stay in isolation facilities for treatment.
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