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Covid-19: Rise in cases may consume Nigerian health sector


– The federal government has revealed that Nigeria is lacking in bed spaces amid a spike in cases of coronavirus

– Minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made this known on Wednesday, saying coronavirus may overwhelm the health sector

– The minister also said he has met with local medical practitioners who are channelling research on Covid-19 cure

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With coronavirus hitting a frightening figure of 8,733, the federal government has raised an alarm over the spike in the scourge, warning that it may consume the health system.

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, rang this warning bell at the Covid-19 briefing by the presidential task force on Wednesday, May 27.

According to the minister, the mounting figure of coronavirus will soon become a burden on Nigeria’s health system, adding that the country has “little above five thousand beds.”

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He maintained that during the Sallah celebrations, precautionary measures and guidelines on gathering were partially complied with by Nigerians.

Coronavirus: Spike in cases may overwhelm Nigerian health system - Ehanire

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, made this known on Wednesday, saying coronavirus may overwhelm the health sector.
Source: UGC

Ehanire also said he has met with traditional medical practitioners as Nigeria looks out for all available ways to find a cure for the pandemic.

He, however, said some of the outcomes of that meeting showed that there are challenges in getting certification by NAFDAC, patent rights and funding for some of the researches by local practitioners.

The minister urged Nigerians to maintain social distancing and follow some of the guidelines and protocols laid down by the NCDC, Nigeria’s disease control agency.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that there is a pleasant prospect that the ban on religious centres across the country due to the ravaging crisis of coronavirus scourge will be lifted any time soon.

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The probability is looking real after the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) met with the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.

According to a report contained in The Nation, operatives of Nigeria Center for Disease Control were also at the meeting which was held on Tuesday, May 26, to fashion out modalities for reopening of religious centres.

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