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Minister warns of 3rd COVID-19 wave

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has warned Nigerians to do away to complacency and over confidence and brace up for a 3rd COVID-19 wave.
He gave the warning at a media briefing in Abuja, yesterday.
The warning, according to him, was premised on the 3rd wave of the Covid-19 that is currently being experienced in India and Turkey, which he stressed is more deadly.
He, however, disclosed that apart from scaling up vaccination, the government has also scaled up surveillance at the country’s points of entry in order to reduce the risk of importation of coronavirus variants said to be more contagious and virulent.
These variants, he noted,  are suspected to be behind the surging covid19 cases in Asia and the Americas.
Ehanire therefore, advised Nigerians to defer all non-vital travel to known high burden countries, until their epidemiological situations improve.
“The cases in India and Turkey are of particular concern to us, due to the demographic similarities with Nigeria and the fact that they are currently experiencing serious 3rd waves.
“Over 2,800 Indians died yesterday alone, more than they suffered on any day in the 1st and 2nd waves, and more than the total Nigeria has ever lost on record.
“While we send our condolence to the Government and good people of India, we must take the plight as a strong warning to do away with our complacency and overconfidence and brace ourselves for a 3rd covid19 wave. To be forewarned is to be forearmed,” he noted.
He, however, assured that: “We shall also ensure that strengthening COVID-19 response plans against threat of 3rd surge includes plans to maintain and sustain routine services in our hospitals.
“An example is that on Friday, April 25, 2021, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate World malaria Day with the theme “Zero malaria – Draw the line Against Malaria”.
“Although Nigeria successfully reduced malaria prevalence from 42% to 23% over about 10 years, it is imperative that services, including Malaria service not be interrupted in the pandemic response. Lest we suffer more lives lost from non covid19 causes.”

Written by ExpressDay


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