Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC, Dr Chikwe Iheakwazu, has disclosed that the Federal Government was considering issuing a new set of guidelines in order to better manage covid-19 cases in the country.
He made this known yesterday at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force, PTF on covid-19, while noting that Lagos State, Nigeria’s epicentre of the pandemic, has currently ran out of isolation and treatment spaces.
Therefore, the government was considering a new case management strategy.
He also expressed concerns over the growing purchases of Hydroxychloroquine by Nigerians,, while warning against self-medication.
He said as opposed to its initial protocol of patients having to test negative twice before they were discharged, such persons would now be discharged after testing negative to one test.
Iheakwazu said: “The only reason we are isolating asymptomatic patients is to prevent them from transmitting to others. In many countries in the world, when this outbreak just broke out, they carried out a very similar policy. They treated all the severe cases in hospital and isolated every person infected in the temporary isolation centres, some of which you saw being built in 10 days or two weeks.