- FG has revealed that COVID-19 would spread more to rural areas in Nigeria
- The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made this known on Monday, August 3
- Ehanire said that the federal government's objective was to reduce Nigeria’s COVID-19 fatality case to 1%
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Amid growing cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the federal government has warned that COVID-19 would spread more to rural areas across the country.
Legit.ng reports that the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, who made this known on Monday, August 3, at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, urged Nigerians to be ready for the pandemic.
He also said that the federal government's objective was to reduce Nigeria’s COVID-19 fatality case to 1%.
“Our objective is to reduce the case fatality to 1%. COVID-19 will also spread more to rural areas, and we should be ready for that. It is too early to read meanings to the COVID-19 data in Nigeria.
"The testing for COVID-19 increased by 40, 000 between June and July. Our health workers should not be apprehensive over PPE as the country has a reasonable stock," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the decision of the Ogun state government to impose a mandatory N25,000 payment for COVID-19 and malaria tests for returning boarding students in private schools sparked protests among parents.
It was reported that the Senior Secondary three students (SS3) were expected to resume schools ahead of their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), but the government mandated each student to undergo a test as a precondition for resumption into school.
The government had said no boarding school student would be admitted into schools without a certificate of COVID-19 test which must be negative.
The report noted that while the COVID-19 test is free for public secondary school students, their counterparts in private schools are required to pay N25,000.
The parents who have their wards in private schools reportedly visited MTR 250-bed specialist hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the test on Sunday, August 2, but they could not get their children tested for free as they were asked to pay N25,000 for each child.
The parents who were opposed to the decision reportedly protested and blocked the entrance of the hospital while the health officials hurriedly left the place.
Speaking on behalf of the parents, Kehinde Sanwo, the vice-chairman, parents teachers association of one of the private schools in the state accused the government of discriminating between students in private schools and those in public schools.
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