- The federal government has said there may be no need to impose another lockdown in the country over the COVID-19 pandemic
- Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), who chairs the COVID-19 taskforce made the statement in Abuja
- Mustapha disclosed that the government would continue to implement its COVID-19 guidelines
The federal government on Thursday, June 11, said there may be no need to impose another lockdown in the country over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), who chairs the COVID-19 taskforce made the statement during a briefing in Abuja, The Cable reported.
He said the government would strengthen compliance with the COVID-19 regulations rather than enforcing another lockdown.
According to him, enforcing another total lockdown in the country after the previous five weeks lockdown would be similar to moving backward in terms of strategic implementation.
Mustapha pointed out that every Nigerian must play a role in ensuring that they take individual steps to contain the spread of COVID-19.
He said the best that the government can do in this circumstance is to make the guidelines.
The SGF said individuals and communities must support the governments to check the spread of the disease.
Meanwhile, the federal government has threatened to withdraw licenses of medical doctors who deliberately reject and turn back patients from their hospital without attending to them or offering necessary advice on what to do.
Nigerian Tribune reports that while describing it as unethical and unacceptable, the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, on Thursday, June 11, said doctors who engage in such unprofessional conduct would be reported to the Nigeria Medical and Dental Council, and if found guilty would have their licenses withdrawn.
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Legit.ng gathered that the minister gave this position, even as he raised concern over the rise in fatality rates and cases of COVID-19, saying, “although numbers are only creeping up compared to other countries and case fatality rate hovers around 3%, we are concerned and at high alert.
Ehanire advised anyone who is rejected at any hospital or medical facility to write and complain to the board of such hospital, the federal ministry of health, or the state ministry of health in case of state hospitals.
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