COVID-19 pandemic: Health workers infection reducing, Mamora says

Minister of State for Health, Olorunimbe Mamora

The Federal Government (FG) has expressed its delight in the decreasing rate of COVID-19 infection among health workers and at the rate at which cases are being successfully treated and discharged.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, said this in Abuja on Monday at the joint national briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

Mamora also said that at present, there were 7,416 active cases of the virus, most of which were currently receiving treatment either at home or in a care facility.

According to him, the government shall continue to engage with friends and partners, using the lessons learnt to improve on responses, thus building on the gains made by the country in controlling the pandemic.

“Our response remains to build around our strategies of trace, test, isolate and treat.

“In this regard, training of health workers is ongoing across the country on infection prevention and control, contact tracing and case management.

“The result of this is that the rate of infection among health workers has reduced and more cases are being successfully treated and discharged,” he said.

He noted that in the past 24 hours, the country had recorded 163 new cases of COVID-19 in 12 states, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 60,266, out of 554,006 persons tested so far.

The minister added that 51,735 cases had been discharged and 1,115 deaths recorded in the 36 states and the FCT.

“There are 7,416 active cases, most of which are currently receiving treatment either at home or in a care facility.

“We constantly remind ourselves that this is a new virus and there is a lot to be learnt,” he said.

Mamora said that the government would, however, continue to share its experiences and learn from the experiences of other countries.

He added that on Friday, the Minister of Health received the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Clara Pulido Escandell, who facilitated a virtual technical meeting between the two countries on the COVID-19 response.

He said that the meeting provided an opportunity to share ideas and learn from the Cuban successes in controlling the pandemic.

Mamora also expressed delight over the commitment of traditional leaders across the country to issues concerning the health of women, children and the vulnerable.

He appreciated them for speaking unanimously in support of the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child, Adolescent and Elderly Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) platform.

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