CHAIRMAN of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha has praised Africa countries and Nigeria in particular, for what he described as ‘tremendous efforts’ made so far towards flatting the curve of coronavirus infections in the region.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Federal Government while addressing journalists during COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, added that the continuous reduction in the daily confirmed cases of coronavirus since 20th of July 2020 was a welcome development.
He said: “Statistically, we are flatting the curve in the Africa region as available data shows that since the 20th of July the daily confirmed cases and fatality keep reducing. This is a welcome development as more than 1 million people have so far recovered from the virus. He, however, expressed worry over the serious impact of COVID-19 on people with Non-Communicable diseases, NCDs.
According to him, available evidence has shown that Nigerians and Africans living with non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes, HIV among others are more likely to suffer severely from COVID-19 or even die from the virus. “So prompt diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases are important. So people with non-communicable diseases need support and we, therefore, urge our medical personnel not to neglect patients on account of COVID-19.
“We need to improve on our commitment to eliminate the virus and return to our normal lives. Already, our national response is achieving impressive results which have been commended by our development partners.
“The contribution of our health workers cannot be overemphasis in our gain so far, so we commend Association of Residence Doctors for suspending their strike while calling on JOHESU to suspend their strike so that the country will not slide backward in the gain made so far. Mustapha cautioned states that have announced the reopening of schools to take proper measures so as to avoid resurgence.
“We reiterate the need for more vigilant, the fear of resurgence should put us on alert.”