The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Tuesday, January 12, declared that Nigeria is now reaching a critical level with escalating number of COVID-19’cases.
It further added that the hospital capacity will no longer be able to cope with more serious COVID-19 cases.
This warning was contained in a series of tweets issued by the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu; while reacting to the spike in COVID-19 infections in the last one month.
Ihekweazu said this as the fear of COVID-19 spread at the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, grew on Monday; because Nigerians besieged the NIMC offices following the workers’ suspension of the strike they embarked upon on Thursday.
The NCDC DG tweeted, “We are reaching a critical level where our hospital capacity will no longer be able to cope with more serious COVID-19 cases; and health workers will be forced to make tough decisions. We need to protect our more vulnerable citizens.
“We all have to take responsibility. This is not for the NCDC, the PTF or government alone. By organising large gatherings indoors, you’re not only putting yourself and guests at risk; but also the staff who have limited choice but to serve. By going to clubs, you’re putting your parents at risk.”
Ihekweazu added that the number of coronavirus cases reported in the country had been on the rise in the last four weeks.
“In the last four weeks, we‘ve recorded a spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases. The virus is spreading fast; causing mild symptoms in some and severe illness/death in others,” he tweeted.
The NCDC boss said Nigerians must note that the 100,000 persons that contracted COVID-19 in the last 11 months were not just figures but persons.
“Most important of all, the 100,000 cases and over 1,000 deaths are not just numbers. These are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, friends whose deaths will be mourned and the pain of their loss deeply felt. The response starts and ends with the people of this country,” he said.
Later at the PTF press conference, Ihekweazu, disclosed that the centre would from next week roll out rapid diagnosis test kits in five tertiary hospitals in Abuja; while the facility would be extended nationwide from February.