Second wave of COVID-19 infections coming, health minister says


‎Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Saturday said the the failure of Nigerians to adhere to COVID-19 protocols will result in a second wave of coronavirus infections in the country.

The minister spoke during the virtual Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Guild of Medical Directors in Lagos State, which has the theme ‘Post-COVID-19 Era: Economics and Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria’. ‎

Ehamire observed that a second wave of the pandemic is already being experienced in Europe and America.

According to him, the development should give Nigerians concern because of the high volume of human traffic from Nigeria to those continents, reopening of schools and serious disruptions caused by the recent‎ #EndSARS protest.

He said, “I fear that with the laxity displayed by our own population, our own second wave is imminent.”

Ehanire called on the private sector and state governments to help propagate compliance to non-pharmaceutical measures such as hand-washing, use of face masks and social distancing, among others.

Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, advised doctors to ensure professionalism and courage, maintain good reputation and ethics in carrying out their services, and participate actively in politics.

President of the GMD, Prof Olufemi Babalola, noted that 2020 had been the most challenging for doctors in private practice because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown.

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, on Saturday, reported 162 new COVID-19 cases in Gombe (54), FCT (35), Lagos (26), Ogun (12), Plateau (10), Rivers (10), Kaduna (4), Ekiti (3), Edo (2), Osun (2), Bayelsa (1), Imo (1), Ondo (1) and Oyo (1).

As of October 31, the country had recorded a total of 62,853 confirmed cases, 58,675 discharged and 1,144 deaths.‎

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