Amid ongoing concentrated efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said there is no concrete evidence putting pregnant women at the higher risk of coronavirus infection.
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The national disease control agency made the disclosure while giving an update on the pandemic via a release on Sunday, June 14.
In a tweet by the agency reeling out a new set of guidelines, NCDC stated that pregnant women are not at higher risk of complication as a result of Covid-19 disease.
The agency, however, urged pregnant women to stay safe as the government intensifies efforts against the coronavirus which has plunged the country into unrest.
"It is not currently known if pregnant women are more susceptible to COVID-19 than the general public, nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result.
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"Based on available information, pregnant women seem to be at equal risk as other adults.
"However, it is known that the bodily changes that occur during pregnancy, may put expectant women at increased risk for some infections.
"Pregnant women have had a higher risk of severe illness when infected with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza" NCDC warned.
Here are the Covid-19 guidelines for pregnant women by NCDC:
1. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a bent elbow or tissue (throw tissue into closed bin immediately after use).
2. Avoid contact with people who are sick or who have been exposed to the virus.
3. Maintain the WHO-standard of physical distancing with a minimum of 2 metres between you and the next person.
4. If physical distancing is impossible to achieve, wear a face mask.
5. Clean your hands often using soap and running water or frequently clean them using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on a daily basis.
7. If possible, stay home for the entire duration of the pregnancy except for ante-natal care hospital visits.
8. Eat healthy and nutritious meals and ensure adequate bed rest.
Legit.ng notes that the announcement came on the heels of a statement mandating people with hypertension, diabetes, HIV and cancer to stay at home because they are prone to Covid-19 infection.
Nigeria currently has 16,085 cases of coronavirus with 5,220 recoveries and 420 deaths as it takes the third seat among African countries with the scourge.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that despite the directives of the Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu-led government lifting ban on the worship centres in Lagos, Muslim leaders in the state have pronounced that mosques must still remain closed.
Lagos is the epidemic centre of coronavirus pandemic with the state having 7,103 cases of Covid-19 which averagely accounted for about 49% of cases in all the 35 states including the FCT.
Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, Lagos state chief imam, said mosques are not permitted to open.
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