Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has warned hospitals that are not accredited to treat coronavirus cases patients to desist from doing so or risk closure.
“I shall use this opportunity to again strongly advise health professionals against private or secret management of people who have COVID-19 outside of accredited health facilities. We cannot afford avoidable morbidity and mortality.
“Private facilities must obtain accreditation to treat this highly infectious disease. Practitioners engaging in unauthorised treatment of COVID-19, run the risk of being shut down for decontamination.”
Dr, Ehanire, who spoke to news men today, April 16, said that the focus now is to carry out more community testing and social mobilisation at the grassroots to ensure physical distancing.
He said that government will push out more messages and advisories on the use of masks or improvised face coverings like handkerchiefs or scarves for the mouth and nose, to reduce risk of transmission.