The Federal Government has declared all persons who are diagnosed with COVID-19 to henceforth be treated in the state where the diagnosis was made except there is a medical indication to the contrary. Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed these at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 updates in Abuja. According to the minister, the decision was taken to avoid the high risk of exposure of other persons in the course of transfer.
“All persons diagnosed with covid-19 be henceforth treated in the state where the diagnosis was made, rather than be referred to their states of origin except there is a medical indication to the contrary.” “This is to avoid the high risk of exposure of other persons in the course of transfer.” “Private hospitals desiring to manage COVID-19 patients apply to their State Ministries of Health for permit, meet standard IPC standards and be accredited by a FMoH certified State team after compliance with Protocols, before being granted.” “States should notify FMoH of their isolation and treatment centres for inclusion on the COVID-19 HMIS Platform to ensure a well-coordinated national response.” He also added that Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) and Pharmacists have been prohibited from attempting to treat persons diagnosed as or suspected to be COVID-19 patients. Any attempts by PPMVs to treat persons diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 would have their operating licenses cancelled. “Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) and Pharmacists be forthwith prohibited from attempting to treat persons diagnosed as, or suspected to be COVID-19 patients, or else have their operating licenses cancelled.” The Minister however noted that Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) have been deployed to Abia, Gombe and Sokoto states by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to support the COVID-19 response. Adding that active case finding was ongoing in communities with evidence of person – person transmission.