Nigeria deploys community mobilisers to help stem rising cases of coronavirus
London, May 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria continues to rise, the Federal Ministry of Health has deployed community mobilisers at the grassroots to continue to sensitise people through the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire said this at the daily joint press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 in Abuja, Nigeria.
“We are clearly in community transmission phase, where much now depends on individual and collective behaviour and where the urgency of behaviour change communication becomes apparent. Knowledge so far gathered about COVID-19 needs to be converted into practice, because our safety, now more than ever, depends on all of us”.
The Minister however said that the increase in number is not unexpected, in view of prevailing circumstances in certain States.
He also said that Nigerians must adhere to medical advisories.
“We are to adhere to public health advisory which involves wearing of face masks, observing social distancing, practising hand washing or sanitising, standard respiratory hygiene, avoiding crowded places and all manner of non-essential travel, as well as reporting when we feel unwell, or someone close to us has symptoms of Infection”.
With regard to Kano, the Minister said progress has been made in the collaboration efforts with the State EOC to restore routine medical services to hospitals and further drive the ongoing investigations.
“Organized ambulance service is already in operation bringing relief to citizens who need to access medical services, especially in view of restrictions of movement and also in emergency situations” the Minister said.
Similarly the Federal Ministry of Health said it is sending support teams to Sokoto and Katsina for training and capacity building in the cases of management of infection, prevention and control in hospitals.
He also assured other states that support teams from the Ministry will be sent to the State Ministries of Health in their response to the COVID-19 threat.