NCDC DG, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Calls On All Nigerians To First Go For Covid-19 Test If Suddenly Sick, Before Treating For Malaria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has on Monday, advised that Nigerians when sick, should first ensure it is not Covid-19 they are suffering from, before treating for malaria, Page 36 learnt.

The NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, stated this in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, @Chikwe_1, today.

He wrote: “We have now reported over 100,000 confirmed #COVID19 cases in Nigeria. This is a stark reminder of the reality we live in now – a virus that has affected over 100,000 lives, and led to over 1,300 deaths within 11 months in Nigeria…with millions more globally.

“In the last 4 weeks, we have recorded a spike in the number of new #COVID19 cases. The virus is spreading fast, causing mild symptoms in some, and severe illness/death in others. Many people continue to experience fatigue and other symptoms even after recovery. We cannot be too careful.

“The silent face of #COVID19.You cannot tell whether someone has the virus or not (so take protective measures at all times). Health care workers need to now maintain a HIGHER index of suspicion for #COVID19.

“To the public, if unwell, rule out Covid-19 before treating for malaria.

“We all have to #TakeResponsibility – this is not for NCDC, PTF, or Govt alone. By organising large gatherings indoors, you are not only putting yourself and guests at risk, but the staff who have limited choice, but to serve. By going to clubs, you are putting your parents at risk.”

Noting that video evidence from different Isolation Centres across the country are proof that Covid-19 is real, Dr. Ihekweazu charged Nigerians to take personal responsibility to protect themselves from the virus.

He went further to say: “We are reaching a critical level where our hospital capacity will no longer be able to cope with more serious Covid-19 cases, and health workers will be forced to make tough decisions. We need to protect our more vulnerable citizens.

“While we may all be tired and fed up, the virus is taking advantage of our fatigue and gaining momentum. By adhering to health measures, masks, handwashing, distancing, we can prevent its spread.

“Stay at home, avoid large gatherings and  poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

“MOST IMPORTANT of all, the 100,000 cases and over 1,000 deaths are not just numbers. These are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, friends, whose deaths will be mourned, and the pain of their loss deeply felt. The response starts and ends with the people of this country.

“We @NCDCgov are committed to going over and beyond, working with other government and private organisations in response to this pandemic.

“Testing remains free in public health labs, sample collection centres are being scaled up by State Govts. and other measures.”

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