Rise In Casualties, A Result Of Self-Medication – PTF
The Chairman Presidential Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha said that the increasing number of casualties with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic is due to self-medication.
Boss Mustapha, advised those who are infected to seek help rather than hide. Noting that
many of those who died recently, aside from having some underlying illnesses, had started some form of self-medication or home care.
“For those who are struggling with the disease, help is available. Do not go underground.
It is important to talk about it and to seek help. Every effort spares humanity the agony of the spread of the virus,” he stated.
Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire added that many new cases of fatalities were as a result of the decision of some patients for home care, rather than accessing official treatment.
“It is of great importance that we, members of the health sector and citizens, endeavour to use this period to dedicate their effort to strive for the best, but also prepare for the worst.
As we learn more about coronavirus every day, we must be ready to adjust our strategy, based on knowledge and evidence.
“1, 734 patients have been treated and discharged from care, but we have sadly recorded 192 deaths in 26 states and the FCT.
"Even though this figure seems low compared to other countries, a disturbing picture emerging from statistics is that not only are most fatalities observed to be linked with preexisting diseases, many are educated, well-to-do people, who chose home-based care, where they developed sudden complication and have to be rushed to the hospital.
“Experience is showing that breathing complications in COVID-19 patients can arise with little or no notice. This is an added reason why all persons should seek medical attention when they test positive.”