FG to establish community support centres for COVID-19 management.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, says the Federal Government is set to establish Community Support Centres in selected clusters of Local Government Areas across the country for the management of COVID-19 cases.

Ehanire disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday in Abuja, affirming that the Federal Ministry of Health had developed the established guidelines.

The minister said, “Bearing in mind the importance of managing cases in facilities, the Federal Ministry of Health through the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency has developed a guideline for the establishment of Community Support Centres.

“A central objective of this guideline is the establishment of CSCs in selected clusters of Local Government Areas for the management of COVID-19 cases.

“These community support centres will strengthen the capacity of the health system at the community level to respond to the outbreak and result in the reduction of the transmission of COVID-19 within communities in high burden and high-density states.”

Ehanire said there is a need to learn more about the viral infection and also continue to evolve response actions.

“The community transmission has resulted in the high number of confirmed cases with the challenge that in some states, the facilities for case management may become overwhelmed.

“We must daily be reminded of challenges COVID-19 poses to Nigeria and the world, and further reinforce our resolve to tackle the pandemic”, he said.

The minister noted that Nigeria could reduce COVID-19 deaths if non-pharmaceutical interventions are scaled up and “we become more proactive in dealing with positive cases.”

“We can reduce case fatality in Nigeria if non-pharmaceutical interventions are scaled up.

“We can scale up testing, tracing, treatment and isolation, with priority on offering more protection to elderly citizens and those with co-morbidities, from the threat of infection”, he added.

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