The Federal Government has sent a strong warning to Nigerians over the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Nigerians were advised to take responsibility as cases rise by 630 per cent in 10 days.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunmimbe Mamora said this in a chat with newsmen.
He advised Nigerians to take responsibility for their actions to fight COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 cases in Nigeria have continued to rise between December 6 and 15. Nigeria recorded a total of 5,398 infections and estimate of 630 per cent from the previous month.
Between November 26 and December 5, Nigeria recorded 739 cases. A record of 5,398 cases have been reported from December 6 to December 15.
Mamora said the Government would play its role in strengthening existing measures. However, Nigerians must take responsibility by adhering to preventive measures.
He said, “It’s essential to strengthen the existing measures through advocacy, awareness creation, education and emphasis on the need for people to take responsibility for their health.”
Also, reacting to the sudden surge, is the President, Guild of Medical Directors, Dr Abiodun Kuti. He said this increase may be as a result of inbound travellers. Especially during the impending Yuletide, a lot of people would be coming from Europe and the United States.
In a chat with PUNCH’s correspondent, he said:
“The influx of Nigerians coming from Europe and America for the festive period will definitely increase the spread of Omicron variant in the country. These countries have high exposure levels already.”
Meanwhile, the Omicron variant has been a cause of concern for everyone. Since Health expert have alerted on the re-infection of those who have received the COVID-19 vaccines.
The Bauchi State Government addressed this on Thursday at the third Annual Research Day and Scientific Conference. The conference took place at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi.
It was themed: “Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine hesitancy in developing countries: Latest evidence and future direction.”
At the conference the Bauchi State government said they were expecting 350,000 COVID-19 booster doses from the Federal Government.
Dr Rilwan Mohammed, the Executive Secretary of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency said this on Thursday.
He explained that the booster doses would be administered only to those who have had their first and second COVID-19 jab.
He said,, “Even if you are vaccinated, you can get infected with the mutant Omicron variant of COVID-19, however, the good thing is that people that were vaccinated will not get the severe form of the Omicron variant.
“To prevent Omicron variant, the only way is to do the booster dose and the federal government will send about 350,000 booster doses next week to Bauchi State.”
Source: PUNCH HealthWise