The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire , has said the Federal Government discovered that 50 percent of Nigerians who died from COVID – 19 died in their homes and 50 percent also did not show any symptoms of the disease .
Ehanire cautioned Nigerians to strictly observe the COVID – 19 health regulations during Eid -el – Fitri celebration , saying “ wash your hands constantly with soap under running water and do not go to large gatherings ”.
The minister stated this in a statement signed on Friday by the ministry ’ s Director of Information , Media and Public Relations, Eunice Akro .
He said , “ Ehanire said that findings from the analysis of the deaths show that nearly half of them died at home .
“ Of those who died at home , about 50 percent did not show any symptoms. This underscores my earlier emphasis on the need for those who test positive to report for treatment . ”
Meanwhile , the National Hospital Abuja , on Friday said the Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had reviewed the guidelines on discharge of asymptomatic COVID – 19 patients in isolation for over 45 days .
This may not be unconnected to Mrs Susan Idoko – Okpe, who was isolated as Benue State index case for at least 58 days .
Idoko – Okpe, who arrived in Nigeria from the United Kingdom on March 22, took to social media to protest her testing positive for the COVID – 19 results leading to her isolation at the Benue State Isolation Centre in Makurdi on March 27, and subsequently at the National Hospital.
But the NHA ’ s Deputy Director /Head of Department , Information and Protocol Management, Dr Tayo Haastrup , in a statement explained that the new guidelines on discharge allowed positive patients to go home .
“ Following the review of protocol for isolation with the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC , it was agreed that patients who remain asymptomatic beyond 45 days could be allowed home on self -isolation , and a repeat test could be done after five to 10 days to confirm if the patient has become negative , ” the statement read in part.
The last results given to Idoko – Okpe showed that she was still positive for COVID – 19 but the health officials asked her to go , having met the requirements of the World Health Organisation .
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