SAT, MAY 16 2020-theG&BJournal- The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has reiterated the importance of adhering to public advisories declaring that such should not be an issue for government to legislate on or use security officers to enforce before the public adheres to them.
“I shall reiterate again the importance of adhering to public health advisories (wearing our face masks, observing social distancing, practicing hand washing or sanitizing, standard respiratory hygiene, avoiding crowds and all non-essential travel). The importance of these and similar measures is such that compliance should be taken as a civic duty and obligation for every citizen, where each should be responsible for the other. As such, enforcement or policing should not be necessary, for what is meant to preserve life and health. Therefore I call for considerate attitude and social adjustment to the challenges we face at this moment.”
This much and others were dwelt on by Dr. Ehanire in his address delivered at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 press briefing on Friday, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said “adherence to advisory against interstate travel and compliance with other simple measures like use of masks and avoiding crowds will significantly mitigate the burden” of COVID-19 infection and spread along with “more diligent testing, treatment, isolation and tracing.”
Till date, 5445 cases have been confirmed, 1320 cases have been discharged and 171 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The 288 new cases are reported from 15 states- Lagos(179), Kaduna (20), Katsina (15), Jigawa(15), Borno (13), Ogun(11), Kano(8), FCT(7), Niger (4), Ekiti(4), Oyo (3), Delta (3), Bauchi(3), Kwara (2), Edo(1).
On the 15th of May 2020, 288 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria. No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
Further breakdown was given in terms of the case gender ratio which Ehanire said remains at about 70 to 30 percent for men and women respectively, while case fatality hovers around 3%.