COVID-19: FG To Establish 10 Bedded Intensive Care Unit In Each State


Joseph Bakare

The Federal Government is considering establishment of a 10-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in every state of the Federation.

This government said as part of strategies to provide a critical response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

In a statement the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, stated that this plan would not wipe out the maintenance of normal routine vaccination.

He made the disclosure in continuation of the series of presidential briefings coordinated by the Communications Team at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

This edition of the meeting focused on the health sector and plans for the smooth roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines received recently by the government.

Ehanire said the Federal Ministry of Health intends to develop as a matter of urgency; the nation’s emergency medical service to respond to persons with medical distress.

He stressed the need to continue with the public health measures; insisting that there was no specific treatment for COVID-19 but trials to improve therapeutics.

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye, said the agency would soon commence a ‘track and trace’ exercise.

She explained that this was to mitigate and potentially halt the infiltration of falsified and sub-standard COVID-19 vaccines; already detected in the global supply chain.

Adeyeye noted that indigenous software was also being employed to check the authenticity of received products.

She revealed that NAFDAC was collaborating with the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); to ensure safe monitoring of medicines in the market.

The Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who was also present at the briefing; noted that Thursday made it exactly a year and five days since COVID-19 was identified in the country.

He stated that Nigeria has since maintained a robust response to the pandemic; and called for the sustenance of critical investment to the health sector to consolidate on the gains achieved in the last year.

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