Dr Sani Aliyu,Coordinator of Presidential Task Force (PTF),has said that positive cases of COVID-19 are going down gradually as the recent released figures evolve around 400.
He stated this at the daily COVID-19 briefing of the PTF on Monday, August 10 in Abuja.
Aliyu, however, warned that the decrease was not in a way a win.
He stated that all the non-pharmaceutical guidelines must be followed to achieve complete success in the fight against COVID-19.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, stated :“we have recorded 46,577 cases from 317,496 samples tested so far, while 33,186 persons have been treated and discharged.
“Sadly, we lost 945 persons to the COVID-19 infection, which has now been identified in 549 of our 774 local government areas, and half of all cases in Nigeria so far are concentrated in 20 local government areas.
”The figures show that Nigeria is also sadly approaching the symbolic 1,000 number of fatalities, a grim reality that should be a wake-up call for us.
“Many more Nigerians today personally know a person who succumbed to COVID-19, and so I ask that we remind ourselves that COVID-19 is still with us and will be for a long time.”
On the way forward, the minister stated :“our focus is still to reduce fatality to less than one percent, not only with preventive measures but also with a strategy that encourages citizens to report early for treatment and for hospitals to attend to all patients in distress; most importantly, to be able to provide oxygen treatment.
The main COVID-19 symptoms is breathlessness, which responds well to oxygen supplementation as the first measure
“We are turning our preferences therefore to gadgets that provide oxygen, such as oxygen generators to be in many facilities, including general hospitals and larger Primary Healthcare Centres, while solar-powered aggregates, where available, will be prioritized.”