Coronavirus Spreading Fast, NCDC Cautions Nigerians

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Coronavirus Spreading Fast, NCDC Cautions Nigerians

Published on Jan 13, 2021

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated that the novel coronavirus is spreading rapidly, causing mild symptoms in some persons and severe illnesses and death in others.

Dr. Ihekweazu revealed this on Monday in Abuja at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19. He said that a lot of people still experience fatigue and other symptoms even after recovery. According to him, in the last 4weeks, the country has recorded an increasein the number of new Covid-19 cases.

The Director General stated that in Nigeria, more than one hundred thousand Covid-19 cases have been reported, and this is a blatant reminder of the reality we now live in.

He also mentioned that the novel virus has affected more than one hundred thousand lives which resulted in over one thousand three hundred deaths within eleven months, with millions more worldwide.

"We cannot be too careful. The silent face of Covid-19 with which you cannot tell whether someone has the virus or not, the only option before us is to take protective measures and necessary precautions at all times," he said.

 There is a need for healthcare workers now to maintain a higher index of suspicion for Covid-19, noting that if people are sick, they should first rule out Covid-19 before treating malaria.

More Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits are being introduced in various institutions in Abuja. This will increase access to testing and we also intend to roll out across the country in February, thereby making testing more accessible to hospitals and laboratories, he said.

The NCDC Director General also pointed out that there was no state that was spared of Covid-19.

“Our data shows that we were right in saying that the virus is spreading rapidly in every state of Nigeria and we all have to continue working hard just as we have been doing”.

The NCDC boss said that the country had reached "a critical level" where the hospital capacity would no longer be able to handle more serious Covid-19 cases and health workers would be forced to make tough decisions.

Great care must be taken to protect our susceptible citizens because this has gone beyond the Government or NCDC.

He also stated that having large crowd indoors puts yourself and guests at risk including the staff who have no choice but to serve.

Talking about Covid-19 fatigue, the NCDC boss said that while everyone might be tired and fed up, the virus was taking advantage of the fatigue and gaining momentum.

We can avert the spread of this virus by observing safety health measures, wearing masks, observing social distancing, washing hands with soap under running water and evading large crowd.

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