The Federal Government has said it is troubled that majority of the patients who have died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria are educated individuals who preferred home-based treatment instead of being moved to isolation centres.
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Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, raised the alarm at the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to Ehanire, majority of the deceased were only rushed to isolation centres or hospitals after they developed sudden complications.
He urged everyone who has tested positive to COVID-19 to seek appropriate medical care and not result in self-medication.
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Ehanire said: “As we learn more about coronavirus every day, we must be ready to adjust our strategy, based on knowledge and evidence. As of Monday, we had sadly recorded 191 deaths in 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“Even though this figure seems low compared to other countries, a disturbing picture emerging from the statistics is that not only are most fatalities linked with pre-existing diseases, many are educated, well-to-do people, who chose home-based care, where they develop sudden complications and have to be rushed to hospital.
“Experience is showing that complications in COVID-19 patients can arise with little or no notice. This is an added reason why all persons should seek medical attention when they test positive.”
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Ehanire also warned COVID-19 patients and all Nigerians against taking chloroquine – a drug touted to purportedly cure the disease – without following a doctor’s prescription.
“On chloroquine, first, we do not at any time or in any way support self-medication. If you hear that anyone is taking medication of any type, it has to be something prescribed by his doctor. There are medicines that should not be in your hands unless they are prescribed by your doctor.
“There are medicines over-the-counter that you can buy. But there are prescription medicines, which you should not have unless your doctor prescribes them,” he said.
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The minister added that the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are assessing isolation centres across the country.
“We have recently been in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, and Osogbo, Osun State. We will continue providing diagnostic commodities and facilities in collaboration with partners,” he said.
Nigeria as now recorded 192 COVID-19 related fatalities as of Tuesday, according to data provided by the NCDC.