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HIV, Tuberculosis Now Neglected Due To COVID-19 – Health Minister for State

The Minister of state for health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora has said that less attention is given to HIV, tuberculosis, and other illnesses due to the effect of COVID-19.

Mamora while speaking at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday, stressed that it is good that precautionary measures are taken to curb the spread of the virus but the negative impact is that it has reduced attention for ailments like HIV, and Tuberculous as everyone now focuses on getting solutions to COVID-19.

He, however, urged all health practitioners to forward cases of COVID-19 symptoms to approved lab centers to avoid unnecessary deaths.

According to him, “the report that many of those who died, reported late for treatment at the approved centers because they were referred late from private facilities is alarming.

“We therefore once again seize this opportunity to urge health care practitioners to promptly send all suspected cases for testing and when positive, refer them to isolation centers for treatment. Attempting to treat suspected or confirmed cases not only exposes the health workers in such a facility to risk of infection but also denies the patient early access to effective treatment in an approved treatment center.”

He further stated that “the plan of the federal government regarding activation of oxygen availability in the states is on course intending to effect immediate repairs of non-functional oxygen plants.

The Minister also noted that “the result from the tests conducted on prospective NYSC members has unquestionably confirmed that no part of the country is free of the COVID-19 disease. We safely and comfortably draw this conclusion because corps members are mobilized from all the states of the country for each of the orientation camps.

 

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