COVID-19: Nigeria has more cases than figures show, says NMA

The Chairman of the Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Adetunji Adenekan, has said the daily record of COVID-19 cases do not reflect the total number of infected persons in the country.

He stressed that many people have not been tested, noting that the figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control daily were only based on the number of tests conducted. He therefore called on Nigerians to adhere to the safety protocols as well as present themselves for testing.

In an interview with Punch correspondent on Friday, Adenekan said, “Other countries are experiencing the second wave, while what we are experiencing at the moment is influx. We estimated that there would be tougher times in January with high cases and that is what we have been experiencing. In the last few days, we have had over 1,000 cases back to back and that is even based on the number of tests being done.

“I am sure some people aren’t even going for the test. That should give you an idea that we have more than the figures we are releasing. We are likely to have more positive COVID-19 cases. I can assure you that we have more people outside who have not been tested and are positive.”

He noted that the cases had continued to rise because of disregard for the safety protocols.

Meanwhile, the Emergency Operations Centre and Oyo State COVID-19 Technical Task Force have warned private hospitals in the state against treating COVID-19 patients in their facilities.

The task force said managing COVID-19 cases in private hospitals had been linked to the increase in the number of cases in the state. It added that there were reports of an increase in the number of health care workers who contracted coronavirus at various health care facilities and that care must be taken so that the number of health workers would not be further depleted by the virus.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said in a statement on Saturday that the Chairman of the state’s COVID-19 Technical Task Force, Prof Temitope Alonge, gave this warning in a memo addressed to Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers and managers of private health facilities in the state.

 

 

– Punch

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