The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said the partial or full vaccination against the dreaded COVID-19 is not enough reason to drop non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) guard or a guarantee against infection.
Ehanire said this on Monday in Abuja, at the national briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19.
“Nigeria has so far tested a total of 3,392,457 samples, of which 213,147 were confirmed positive for COVID-19, while active cases are 4,447 and cases discharged to date are 205,732.
”There have sadly been 2,968 COVID-19-related fatalities with a case fatality rate of 1.39 per cent.
“The present infection surge in certain European countries, who already had vaccination over 60 per cent, is proof that full vaccination is no reason to drop our guard or a guarantee against infection,” Ehanire said.
The minister also said that bed occupancy in the week under review was 16.17 per cent in 86 isolation wards, and oxygen was widely available, mainly in cylinders, with oxygen concentrators as a backup.
“There is no surge in demand. A review of oxygen situation in 125 treatment centres is ongoing, to also identify non-functional plants for repair,” he said.
Ehanire said the majority of patients (67 per cent) on admission in isolation wards had co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are known determinants of the severity of COVID-19 illness. (Guardian)