'Prepare To Live With Covid-19 For One Year' NCDC
Hospitals in Nigeria have been urged to learn how to live with Covid-19 pandemic for at least one year and should desist from rejecting patients for the fear of Covid-19.
This statement was made by the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, while speaking at the media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 in Abuja.
Iheakweazu said it is a reality that hospitals must live with instead of sending patients away.
He added that both public and private hospitals have to set up holding areas when there is uncertainty about diagnosis and the individual is showing symptoms and that no patient should be rejected for the fear of being a Covid-19 patient.
He noted that most hospitals are being supported to become sample collection sites in order to boost the national testing strategy.
He commended influential persons who have tested positive for Covid-19 and came out publicly to declare their status, saying that this will go a long way to encourage others in hiding and let people know the magnitude of the pandemic the country and the world is grappling with.
He said concerning patients being rejected in treatment centres and hospitals, that is regrettable and it is not what should be happening anymore.
Ihekweazu explained that the policy of the government is that all persons who come to the hospital should be given attention no matter how basic, and the hospital in turn should call for help.
The NCDC boss also said that the number of hospitals that can take samples will continue to increase and we hope that we will be able to help most hospitals to at least take care of emergencies that come in through an ambulance system that will come and pick up the patient from where they have arrived and take them to designated treatment centres.