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Treating COVID-19 Patients At Home Will Increase Infections — NMA, Nurses Warn

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The Nigerian Medical Association and the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, has cautioned the federal government against the implementation of home treatment for COVID-19 patients in the country.

In separate interviews PUNCH quoted them saying that home treatment is not advisable in the country because majority of the infected people live in crowded houses.

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OYOINSIGHT.COM recalls that at a press briefing on April 30, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said the federal government was considering the implementation of home treatment for patients in the country.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Director – General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this at the press briefing, said the country had only about 3, 500 bed spaces for COVID- 19 management.

“We are now trying to make more bed spaces available, but ultimately we might have to change our strategy and start considering homecare in certain circumstances where patients are able to provide rooms for their own management, ”he said.

The NMA specifically warned that patients, who would be treated in households with a large number of people, might infect others, thus increasing COVID- 19 cases in the country.

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