COVID-19: We're very worried about mental health of survivors, says presidency

COVID-19: We're very worried about mental health of survivors, says presidency

- Most survivors of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria need psychiatric therapy

- The need was projected by the presidency on Thursday, November 12

- The chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, noted that the federal government is making plans to begin mental treatment for such persons

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Nigeria has expressed worry over the mental well-being of survivors of the virus throughout the nation.

The chairman of the PTF who is also Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, made this known in Abuja recently during a national briefing, Guardian reports.

Mustapha, notes that the task force, due to this, has beefed up plans for a local response on the need to begin psychiatric treatment for persons who have overcome the virus.

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COVID-19: We're very worried about mental health of survivors, says presidency
The PTF has expressed worry over the mental health of coronavirus survivors (Photo: @NigeriaGov)
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The SGF stated:

“The PTF is still very much concerned about the mental health of survivors of the COVID-19 virus.
“In this regard, the PTF is following reports from researches around the world regarding the state of psychiatric health of survivors and has intensified plans for in-country response under the treatment and post-treatment regimes.”

He said all around the world, there is a spike of infection to confirm fears of the new wave of the pandemic.

Mustapha believes that in the case of Nigeria, many citizens, even in worship centres, have abandoned the use of face masks, sanitizer and other hygiene measures.

He went on:

“The cases in Lagos where multiple infections were recorded in two schools are typical examples of the danger of reopening institutions without the required measures.
”For example, it has been strongly observed that places of worship, gatherings and other events have dumped the use of face masks and adherence to other NPIs."

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Meanwhile, reports emerged that some states in Nigeria might witness a more devastating second wave of the coronavirus disease.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had warned that the non-compliance to COVID-19 health guidelines could spike the second wave in Adamawa and other states in the country.

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