How Nigeria Can reduce COVID-19 Death toll – Health Minister
Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has put forward on how Nigeria can reduce the death rate as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Briefing reporters on Thursday in Abuja, he urged Nigerians to see the increase in the number of confirmed cases as a warning that fatalities would increase too.
Ehanire, who spoke at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, however, said there was no cause for alarm as certain measures could be taken to control the death toll.
He explained that majority of deaths confirmed were over 50 years and those with pre-existing ailments such as diabetes, cancer, and hypertension, among others.
The minister urged the people to specially protect those who fall in such groups, adding that they should be encouraged to stay at home to limit them from getting exposed to COVID-19.
He stressed the need for them to wear face masks once outside their houses, or when inside the house with persons who may have been exposed.
He urged them to avoid going to market, worship centres, and places where there can be a crowd.
The minister advised all persons in the vulnerable group who tested positive to immediately go to a treatment centre, in their own interest.