- With the ban lift on interstate movement, FG said more cases will be recorded nationwide
- Health minister Osagie Ehanire made this known, warning that for now non-essential travelling must be avoided
- Ehanire also said the priority of the government is to see a decrease to the fatality from the Covid-19 infection
The federal government has warned that there is going to be a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country with the extension in relation to the lockdown earlier imposed to flatten the curve.
Briefing pressmen on Thursday, July 2, Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, made this known and further added that with the extension, Nigeria must be ready to see a surge in cases.
Ehanire also emphasised that it is the collective responsibility of Nigerians to stay safe because the virus is consuming the health system of the country more than imagined.
According to him, the ban lift on inter-state movement will keep the cases growing at an accelerated rate but focus of the government will be on how to reduce the fatality rate.
“With the lifting of the ban on interstate travel, the assumption should not be that danger is over and it is safe to move about.
“The risks of being infected are higher during travel, so I strongly advise we do not embark on non-essential travel. This is particularly so for the elderly and those designated as high risk.
“Many countries made adherence to rules not only mandatory; some even imposed penalties for non-compliance. The exploding figures we see now would be considerably less if most citizens complied," the minister warned.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government has said findings have shown that the Madagascar herb called COVID Organics is a mixture containing largely anti-malaria ingredients.
The minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said further research on the efficacy of the Madagascar COVID-19 remedy would be conducted when funds for the research is approved.
Ehanire made the disclosure at the Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja. He stated that the primary plant used for the production of the Madagascar herb is grown in Nigeria.
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