…As NCDC, Ministry release handbook on home management of mild COVID-19 cases***
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday confirmed 15 additional deaths from COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of death toll in the country to 1,522.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official website on Tuesday.
The centre also said that 1,303 new cases of COVID-19 was recorded, bringing the total number of infection in the country to 124,299.
It stated that the new infections were reported in 24 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The centre said that Lagos, FCT and Nasarawa recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections on Monday, with 478 , 211 and 83 cases respectively.
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Others state with new infections are Rivers-72, Kwara-42, Edo-36, Ondo-34, Benue-32, Kaduna-32, Katsina-26, Plateau-26, Kano-25, Taraba-25, Osun-22, Delta-21, Oyo-21, Niger-19, Sokoto-18, Ebonyi-17, Ekiti-14, Gombe-13, Ogun-12, Bauchi-11, Zamfara-eight, Borno-four and Jigawa-one.
The newsmen report that the 1,270,523 people have been tested since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded on Feb. 27, 2020.
The agency also announced that 917 patients have been discharged from isolation centres across the country after testing negative to the virus , raising the total number of patients discharged to 99,276.
It added that the discharged included 542 community recoveries in Lagos State, 103 in Plateau and 22 in Kwara, managed in line with NCDC guidelines.
The NCDC noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level III, is coordinating response activities nationwide.
In a related development, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), on Tuesday released a handbook on home management of asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases.
The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, told the newsmen, on Tuesday in Abuja, that the handbook in titled:” “Patient’s Handbook for COVID-19 Home-based Care in Nigeria”.
Ihekweazu said that the handbook was released, in response to the increasing need for information, for COVID-19 positive cases who are asymptomatic and could isolate at home safely.
”We worked with the FMOH to develop this new handbook for the management of asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases at home, who also meet certain requirement.
“This new handbook provides verified information on how to safely manage COVID-19 cases that do not require hospitalisation.
”We produced well-detailed guidance for asymptomatic and mild cases in the country. The handbook has stringent requirements for home-based care, which compulsorily requires risk assessment by a managing physician and the State Ministry of Health,” he said.
The handbook, he said, also excludes patients who have moderate-severe symptoms such as fatigue and fever that does not abate or breathlessness, those above 60 and people with pre-existing health conditions to be hospitalised in accredited treatment centres.
The NCDC boss said that in addition to the requirements, the new document also includes guidance for caregivers and other household members to remain safe.
He noted that it also includes tips on exercises that could be done to support recovery.
The centre on Tuesday said that 1,303 new cases of COVID-19 was recorded, bringing the total number of infection in the country to 124,299.