Thursday, March 4, 2021

Hope To Exit Second Wave Of Covid-19 In Sight: Minister

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has hinted that Nigeria might soon exit the second wave of the coronavirus disease.

Speaking during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 the Minister said the country has been recording a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases.

He also observed decreased positivity rate from sustained testing in states, which according to him is synonymous with global trends.

The Minister also spoke of an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in Guinea, noting that the Federal Government is closely monitoring the situation.

He also stated that the Nigerian government is collaborating with the West African Health Organization (WAHO).

Ehanire explained that Port Health Service officers have been on high alert to step up border surveillance of travellers arriving by air or overland from destinations around the outbreak country to avert disease importation.

He explained that although Nigeria has been classified as a moderate Ebola risk country because of its distance from Guinea, health workers have been directed to report suspicious symptoms, including fever and bleeding in the community, among recent arrivals from the West African subregion.

The Minister also advised Nigerians intending to visit countries in the general area, to delay the visit.