Boss Mustapha and Dr. Ehanire

…FG Develops Draft for New Action Plan

 

ABUJA- The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has said that the spread of the virus was far from over in Nigeria, saying the increase in the number of COVID-19 patients was worrisome.

He appealed to Nigerians to comply with the lockdown directives, saying the federal government was determined to “flatten the curve.”

“Given the increase in the number of confirmed cases in the last week, PTF remains conscious of the fact that we are far from the end of this outbreak in Nigeria. We, therefore, must focus even more vigorously on our strategy of increasing testing, isolating confirmed cases, following up with contacts of cases and managing confirmed cases to recovery.

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“The significant increase in the number of cases and distribution across states underscore the importance of remaining focused as citizens and as a nation because of the enormity of the challenges ahead,” he said.

Bight News Correspondence also gathered that, at the press conference, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, unfolded plans by the federal government to develop a new national plan that helps coordinate all efforts targeted at eradicating the pandemic.

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Also, in view of the rising number of the cases, which has assumed the form of community transmission, he urged states to work towards providing at least 300-bed isolation and treatment centres for patients.

The minister explained that his ministry and PTF were currently fine-tuning the draft copy of the action plan.

“The worrying increase in the frequency and numbers of new persons infected with COVID-19 is attributable to this new strategy of grassroots testing in conjunction with community transmission. A new national action plan is under development to adjust and address this development,” he added

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