COVID-19 IS REAL: There Is No State In Nigeria That Is Immune To This Pandemic – Boss Mustapha

 COVID-19 IS REAL: There Is No State In Nigeria That Is Immune To This Pandemic – Boss Mustapha
Zainab Tanimu
Kaduna, North – West, Nigeria
Nigerians would need to adhere seriously to all the rules and regulations stipulated by the appropriate authorities on  the COVID -19 pandemic as recent reports have shown that infection is on the high side.
No state in Nigeria is immune to the pandemic. Chairman, Presidential Task Force, Boss Mustapha  stated.
Read Below Remarks By The Chairman Of The Presidential Task Force On COVID-19, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF) Boss Gidahyelda Mustapha and that of Hon. Minister Of State for Health, Dr. (Senator) Olorunnimbe Mamora.
​I welcome you all to the National Briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 for today, Monday, 11th January, 2021.
Reports coming in from all over the world show that the COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking huge havoc on humanity, economies and systems.
The situation Report as of Sunday, 10th January point in the following direction:
✓ On 8th January, 2021: 833,496 cases were recorded. This represented the highest ever since the pandemic started;
✓ The three days preceding the 8th, each recorded over 700,000 cases;
✓ Global cases have now reached 90,676,320 mark
✓ Global fatality count is fast approaching the 2 million mark
✓ The global CFR has declined from 2.2 to 2.1%;
✓ The CFR for Africa has also declined from 2.3 to 2.2%; and
✓ The WHO African region crossed 2million case mark on Wednesday, 6th January, 2020.
3.​In Nigeria, we have crossed the 100,000 cases mark and now rank second in the number of new cases, the 4th in cumulative cases in Africa and 5th in cumulative deaths. Last week, Nigeria recorded over 9,000 cases. Realistically, if we estimate the numbers missed, we would be in a much higher region. There is no state in Nigeria that is immune to this pandemic even if reports are not coming out of such States. The Hon. Minister of State for Health and the DG NCDC will expand on the statistics during this briefing.
4.​It is however very instructive to stress that factors that have contributed to rise in numbers from late November 2020 included increased local and international travels, business and religious activities, reopening of schools without strict compliance with COIVID-19 safety measures.
5.​The full import of the fore-going is to press further on the need for us all to elevate the level of our vigilance and compliance with the recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions. The current wave of infections is swift and virulent and we do not know how long it will last. Besides, the facilities available for the treatment of critical cases remain very limited and we do not wish to be overwhelmed. Your best bet therefore is to avoid infections completely.
6.​The PTF has continued to receive inquiries about the issue of testing before travelling out of Nigeria. For the avoidance of doubts, the Protocol in Nigeria requires in-bound passengers to test, not more than 96 hours, before boarding flights to Nigeria. However, for passengers leaving Nigeria, it remains the responsibility of travelers to confirm the requirements of the country of destination and that of the carrier of choice. The National Coordinator will clarify the extant protocol and the policy position.
7.​For in-bound travellers, a new protocol on pre-boarding has been released and compliance is still strongly recommended. The additional requirements for passengers coming from the United Kingdom and South Africa also remain in force.
8.​Next week the pilot exercise on the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test-Kits (RDTs) will be rolled out in 5 tertiary health institutions in Abuja.​
The isolation of different strains of the virus is being vigorously pursued. In this regard, the PTF is working with the Africa CDC and the NCDC on the sequencing of the COVID strains circulating in Nigeria. We shall keep Nigerians informed as the exercise progresses.
10.​As part of measures to deepen community engagement and enforcement of protocols, the PTF met with the Nigerian Governors Forum last week and will be meeting with key religious and traditional leaders soon. It will similarly meet with Security Agencies.
11.​The third stream of NYSC members will resume on 18th January and the PTF is working closely with the management to ensure that participants are tested and protocols are complied with.
12.​Finally, the PTF has advanced the preparation for the management of all aspects of the vaccines discuss. Particularly, lessons are being drawn from other jurisdictions on the successes and challenges of the vaccine administration.
I thank you all for listening.
We have now crossed the 100,000 mark for confirmed cases of COVID-19, an evidence of increasing infection. As of this morning, 100,087 cases have been confirmed while 80,030 cases have been discharged since this Pandemic began. We have also sadly recorded 1,358 deaths in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. In the last 24 hours, 1,024 new confirmed cases were recorded in 17 states with 8 deaths. ​The case fatality rate stands at 1.36%.
2.​So far, we have tested a total of 1,025,560 people with a positivity rate of 9.8%. Our testing rate in the last few weeks has increased as we continue to engage states to scale up their case finding and testing. We are working to meet our target of testing 2 million Nigerians within the shortest period.
3.​The result from the tests conducted on prospective NYSC members has incontrovertibly confirmed that no part of the country is free of COVID-19 disease. We safely and comfortably draw this conclusion because corps members are mobilized from all the states of the country for each of the orientation camps.
3. ​With the increased number of confirmed cases, the number of active cases has increased. As of today, we have 18,699 active cases on treatment both in facility and in the community using the treatment protocols. Many of the active cases may require care in one of the treatment or isolation centres thus imposing enormous burden on our facilities.
4. ​The report that many of those who died, reported late for treatment at the approved centres because they were referred late from private facilities is alarming. We therefore once again seize this opportunity to urge health care practitioners to promptly send all suspected cases for testing and when positive, refer them to isolation centres for treatment. Attempting to treat suspected or confirmed cases not only exposes the health workers in such a facility to risk of infection but also denies the patient early access to effective treatment in an approved treatment centre.
5. The plan of the Federal Government regarding activation of oxygen availability in the States is on course with a view to effecting immediate repairs of non-functional oxygen plants.
6.The weekly Case Management Partners Coordination forum for 2021 is set to recommence on Wednesday 13th January, 2021. This is an avenue for continuous interface with different actors in case management towards engendering experience sharing.
7.​ Finally, we are all reminded again, that COVID-19 is real but preventable. While we await the vaccines, we are enjoined to observe all non-pharmaceutical measures. Wear your face masks appropriately especially when out of your house, wash your hands with soap and water regularly or use hand sanitizer where necessary and avoid unnecessary travels.
Permit me at this juncture to specifically emphasise on the need to avoid crowding as we see in people under the guise of National Identity Number Enrollment. There is absolutely no cause for this, if only people would voluntarily comply with advisories and guidelines as issued by the Ministry of Communications and its relevant Agency. The statement credited to me on the social media as to the suspension of the exercise is out of context, hence misleading.
 For the avoidance of doubt, Mr President’s order on the matter remains as being carried out by the relevant Ministry.
I thank you for listening.
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