COVID-19: Health Council to review status of COVID-19 outbreak response

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Mr Boss Mustapha, Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

Rahila Lassa, Abuja

The National Health Council in Nigeria has approved the Health Sector COVID-19 Pandemic Response Action Plan.

Minister of Health for State, Dr Olorunimbe Momora said this at the daily joint Media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Nigeria.

According to him, the Response Action Plan was developed by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with departments and Agencies to present a response in the health sector delivered in a co-ordinated and strategic manner.

He noted that the approval was made at a virtual Emergency National Council on Health, which was attended by State Commissioners of Health, Heads of Agencies, Directors at the Federal Ministry of Health Development Partners and other stakeholders in the health sector.

“As we learn more about the disease, we continue to evolve response actions. The community transmission has resulted in the high number of confirmed cases with the challenge that in some States, the facilities for case management may become overwhelmed. Bearing in mind the importance of managing cases in facilities, the Federal Ministry of Health through the NPHCDA has developed a guideline for the establishment of Community Support Centres,” he explained.

Dr Mamora also noted that a central objective of this guideline was the establishment of Community Support Centres, CSCs, in selected clusters of Local Government Areas (LGAs) for the management of COVID-19 cases.

” These community support centres will strengthen the capacity of the health system at the community level to respond to the outbreak and result in the reduction of the transmission of COVID-19 within communities in high burden and high density states,” he stated.

The Minister however reminded Nigerians of the challenges COVID-19 poses to Nigeria and the world stating that there was need to further reinforce their resolve to tackle the pandemic.

“We can reduce case fatality in Nigeria, if non-pharmaceutical interventions are scaled up and we become more proactive in dealing with positive cases.

He adds that Nigeria can scale up testing, tracing, treatment and Isolation, with priority on offering more protection to elderly citizens and those with co-morbidities, from the threat of infection.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim