- Nigeria may soon be free of COVID-19 if the positive cases continue to drop
- The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, said that the positive cases dropped by 2,000 in July
- Ehanire said the number of tests carried out across the country increased by 40,000 in just one month
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The federal government of Nigeria has raised the hope of the citizens of the country over the cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Nation reports that the federal government said on Monday, August 3, that the positive cases of COVID-19 dropped by 2,000 in July.
Legit.ng gathered that the government further stated the number of tests carried out across the country increased by 40,000 in just one month, adding that a total of 287,532 COVID-19 tests have been carried out so far in Nigeria.
The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, the nation's capital.
He also said the federal government plans to reduce the deaths from the pandemic to less than 1%.
The federal government also planned to expand sample collection to rural areas by setting set up at least one COVID-19 sample collection site in every local government area with designated holding rooms at general hospitals for patients with significant clinical symptoms.
Ehanire said this would ensure patients are not turned back at hospitals.
The minister asked health workers not to fret on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), saying "as we are reasonably well-stocked with materials and commodities, which have been supplied to all sections of the country.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 condemned the demands by some states that students should present the results of their coronavirus test before they could be allowed to return to the classroom.
It was reported that the PTF said it is “far more important to monitor” every resuming pupil for symptoms of coronavirus than making negative COVID-19 test result a requirement for each pupil to return to the classroom.
It was earlier reported that parents of pupils in private secondary schools in Ogun state on Sunday, August 2, kicked against the request of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the government.
Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of PTF, while reacting on Monday, August 3, during a briefing in Abuja, informed that a negative COVID-19 test result is only valid for the moment it was conducted.
He, therefore, advised school administrators to rather watch out for symptoms of the virus among pupils and ask such pupils to seek medical attention.
“Regarding the cost for students who are testing for COVID-19, our protocol is very clear when it comes to indications for testing and it is also important to realise that when you do a COVID-19 test, if you get a negative result, it is only valid for that period of time – for that point in time when you have taken it," Aliyu had said.
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