The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has disclosed that alot of effort is being put in by the Federal Government in the preparation for any possible change in the number of infections in the country, adding that there is no room for falsification of figures.
Speaking during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID–19 the Minister explained that “Although these numbers are only creeping up compared to other countries and the case fatalities hovers around 3 percent, we are concerned and at high alert. We have no room for complacency or over confidence and we have to be ready for any sudden shift in fortune”.
In his remarks,Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Iheakwazu dismissed speculations that the agency has been rigging the figures of infection in the country.
According to him, the centre had previously informed Nigerians that the figures might not continue to be the same as the first month the virus was reported in Nigeria.
He said, “We have announced it severally to expect an increase in numbers, so, this increase in numbers is not unusual as we increase testing and ease the lockdown. Whether that increase continues or not depends on our collective actions.
Some times, these numbers are necessary to remind us of that reality. While the numbers of death as a proportion might appear small, these are people that we know. We see a lot of suspicion around the numbers and we sometimes wonder whether the people saying that are not watching what is happening around the world.
Are we all collectively with India, Brazil, US and UK? Is there some form of global collaboration to deceive Nigerians? That is not the case. This is the reality of what we face and and we have to come together to address this”.
Meanwhile National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu disclosed the reason why 80 percent of Covid-19 patients are currently being managed outside isolation facilities.
According to him, “The availability of beds varies across states. I know about 80 percent of those who are positive in the country are currently being managed outside isolation facilities but some states have a lot of capacity in terms of beds. I know Kano and Lagos have ran out of beds. A few of the others states are in red”, he explained.