President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has revealed the criteria that must be obeyed by Coronavirus patients and their family before home treatment would be allowed.
The development was revealed by the Federal Ministry of Health in a statement through the Director of Hospital Services, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi.
Adebiyi while speaking on the guidelines noted that Coronavirus patients with hypertension, diabetes among others, would not be granted home care.
The director said, “Home-based treatment will be based on individual cases who meet the stringent criteria for such care. This emphasises the ability to self-isolate in a single room with convenience for that individual, absence of co-morbidities such as hypertension and diabetes. In addition, there should not be any person in the household with co-morbidities.”
“The state should also make available health care workers monitor the patients’ treatment at home. Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of Health and her agencies including the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and the NCDC as well as relevant development partners are exploring various available options for expansion of supervised isolation.”
“Discussions are at an advanced stage with high burden states for decentralisation of isolation and case management to the community through the establishment of community support centres which will be state-led and community-driven in line with approved guidelines and infection prevention and control protocols.”