Nigeria has escaped the worst of COVID-19 – Minister of Health

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The Federal Government has announced that it is scaling up surveillance at all entry points and also taking necessary measures including provision for oxygen facilities in order to prevent the third wave of COVID-19

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said this in Abuja at the national briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19.

He noted that monitoring teams have been deployed to all entry points to check the importation, particularly of the virulent strains of the COVID-19, and to be able to identify and get them under control.

The minister also expressed optimism about the country’s situation saying it has escaped the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the scary predictions made about the country.
Ehanire said although Nigeria has so far escaped the worst of the COVID-19  pandemic, the country  must still be on strict preventive alert, because of the third wave that is sweeping across the globe.

He explained that the federal government had placed an order for 38 oxygen generation plants, with one expected to be provided in each of the country’s 36 states, while Lagos, the economic hub, will have two, due to its high burden.

He said,

“Nigeria has so far escaped the worst of COVID-19 and the dire predictions made about us. We may even seem to be doing well, but I wish to emphasize that we must still be on strict preventive alert, because of the COVID-19 third wave that is sweeping across the globe.”

“The Federal Government placed an order for 38 Oxygen Generation Plants, one in every State, with Lagos having two, due to its high burden. The Global Fund is funding the repair of 30 non-operational plants, and shall in addition build 12 new oxygen plants, to be so spatially located across Nigeria, in such a way that gaps in supply are filled and health facilities in Nigeria are able to access oxygen less 100km from an oxygen plant,”




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