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Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by ijustdey: 8:37am On May 16
The Federal Government is worried that there might have been a rise in the number of deaths not associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) since the outbreak of the disease in the country.

Many of the deaths, it said, could be attributable to the phobia some Nigerians have developed for hospitals where they are supposed to receive qualitative care for fear that they might be diagnosed with COVID-19.

It is also believed that many health workers are now reluctant to attend to patients for fear that they might have contracted the virus.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who made this known during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja yesterday, said antenatal, immunization, out-patient visits and skilled birth attendants have all dropped by more than half.

He said: “There has been some reduction in routine health cases because of fear of COVID-19.

“As a result of that, we do worry that some deaths may have occurred not directly in connection with the coronavirus.

“If a person couldn’t go to get help in a hospital because of the fear of coronavirus or doctors refusing to attend to such persons.

“Latest statistics from the National Health Management Information System (NHMIS) indicates that out-patient visits dropped from 4 million to about 2 million; antenatal visits from 1.3 million to 655,000; skilled birth attendance from 158,374 to less than 99,000, while immunization services dropped to about half.

“All these have as yet undetermined consequences which the easing of the lockdown should hopefully address.

“However, the downside of easing the restrictions needs to be balanced of with a collective determination by all of us, not only to comply with protective and prophylactic advisories, but to encourage relatives, friends, neighbours and customers to do same.

“The use of facial covers like masks in places where social distancing may be difficult or impractical should be supported and emphasised through donation of masks to the population as an act of goodwill.

“Face masks should become commonplace and I look forward to all cooks and food vendors, for example, wearing masks or risk losing customers.”

Concerning the cases of unexplained deaths in Kano and other states, the minister said: “Pathologists from eight states have been invited for training.

“There are reported cases of deaths in Kano and Zamfara states, as these are the ones that have been mentioned openly.

“The situation in Kano has largely stabilised, thanks to the good relationship between the visiting federal task force team and the Kano State Task Force on COVID-19, one manifestation of this being the high number of new cases recorded daily from the fact that all labs in Kano are now functioning and clearing the sample backlog, with over 350 tests done daily.

“The state government has been doing well in opening up more treatment and isolation centres.

“A strategy document of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency is being developed and repurposed for application to Kano, but also to similar high density, high burden metropoles like Lagos to respond more specifically to the challenges of COVID-19 tracing, tracking, testing, isolation and treatment in congested communities. If implemented, it could go a long way in addressing many challenges looming before us.

“A Federal Ministry of Health team has been assembled to proceed to Sokoto and Bornu on fact finding and support missions to engage with state authorities and determine material and technical needs.

“Part of the mission in Kano is to assist state pathologists and scientists to unravel the mysteries around unexplained deaths in some states. The tools for forensic investigation have been jointly developed for a uniform approach and balanced results.”

Ehanire explained that the ministry has been able to persuade the controversial index case in Benue State, Mrs. Susan Idoko-Okpe, to allow a test sample to be taken to the laboratory for testing.

https://thenationonlineng.net/fg-blames-high-death-rate-on-covid-19-fears/

Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by rawtouch: 12:13pm On May 16
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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by CryforHelp: 12:13pm On May 16
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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by GOFRONT(m): 12:13pm On May 16
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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by IAmSkinny: 12:14pm On May 16
Most hospitals no longer attend to patients due to fear of Covid-19. Heard a story of a young girl who died because the doctors in the hospital she was taken to refused attending to her.
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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by mastercee(m): 12:14pm On May 16
Who created the fear? undecided

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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by Racoon(m): 12:14pm On May 16
Where did this man got his MBBS from to qualify as a doctor? Some government appointees under regime need psychiatric examination.

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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by ForeThinker: 12:15pm On May 16
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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by jericco1(m): 12:15pm On May 16
This man reasons like a dunce! How would the statistics remain the same when you people intentionally instill fear on Nigerians. People cannot even go to a hospital without being overlooked or considered to have Covid 19.. instead of yammering, you guys should do what sane nations do and try to enlighten all there hospitals. Thunder go punish all of Una for that taskforce undecided

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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by Martinola(m): 12:15pm On May 16
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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by Niceman4u(m): 12:15pm On May 16
...... But, where are the Chinese doctors naw?

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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by ayomidays: 12:15pm On May 16
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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by softplace: 12:15pm On May 16
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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by rectitude(m): 12:16pm On May 16
The truth is, Covid19 is not as lethal as they make it look, they've successfully spread this fear through all means necessary. You people were blind when a few started suspecting foul play in this whole thing.
And you were ignorantly raining abuses on them and calling them names as is the manner of most of you here. Well, i guess now you're beginning to hear some glimpse of the real thing from the same people who were used to spread the fear in the first place.

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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by dasanchez1(m): 12:16pm On May 16
mastercee:
Who created the fear? undecided

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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by GamalNasser: 12:16pm On May 16
The fact is that this lockdown approach causes more problem than that it seems to solve , it similar to setting your head on fire because of dandruff , now we have thousands that have lost their jobs , millions who have received pay cuts and thousands dying from normal ailments because they can no longer access hospitals as they are being turned back by scared health workers ...

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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by dulaman: 12:16pm On May 16
why wont there be fear, when all you read in media is corona corono this ,corona that. you can read through the new without reading scary situation on the virus.
if you get little discomfort in your body, you cough, you sneeze ,this are thing people do naturally but first thing that comes to mind is corona. the fear is not even allowing the immune system to fight the virus because the brain and mind will not be atat rest. some hospital are even making it worse by not entertaining sick people because ofbthe fear.

AS A MAN THINKETH....

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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by akeentech(m): 12:17pm On May 16
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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by sallylet(m): 12:17pm On May 16
Why won't they fear, the way NCDC is handling the corona virus as a business it make everyone to be scared of going to the hospital where a patient of malaria will be diagnose of covid-19...

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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by nurex01(m): 12:17pm On May 16
Phobia is inbuilt in every Nigerians unlike the Arabs. It accounts for where our country is now.

If not for the phobia of unforseen circumstances Nigerians will be removing incompetent leaders anytime of the Day.

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Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by nwamabo247(m): 12:18pm On May 16
I may agree with him fear kill faster than the main disease.causing your bp to rise.Because of the way this virus is view as dead sentence.and stigma that wii come after it.the woman that die in enugu as a example
Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by rectitude(m): 12:18pm On May 16
mastercee:
Who created the fear? undecided


Good question. Now they're seeing the effect of the fear they've been spreading. There eyes are beginning to open. Most deaths happening is not of the so called virus, but the panic that the virus has caused.
Re: Osagie Ehanire Blames High Death Rate On COVID-19 Fears by Goldenheart(m): 12:19pm On May 16
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