‘FG Committed To Limiting Spread And Impact Of COVID-19 On Children’

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The Federal Government has restated its commitment to continue to lessen the spread and impact of COVID-19 pandemic on children.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said this while speaking at the virtual plenary session of the Annual General Meeting of the Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN) on Thursday, noting that children were among those severely affected by the COVID-19.

Ehanire, who was represented by the Director, Reproductive Health, Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), Dr. Kayode Afolabi, said: “The Federal Ministry of Health has done a lot to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on children, by training health workers in the states on key child interventions.

“We developed guidelines on the management of paediatric patients during COVID-19 pandemic, which will specifically address isolation facilities for children in the healthcare institutions.

“We developed guidelines for infection control, specifically for the paediatric population.

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“We also provided a paediatric pandemic plan that will involve policy-makers at all levels, through promoting the understanding of COVID-19 and how it affects children and how to tackle similar outbreaks in future.”

The minister noted that as at Jan. 8, 2021, the world had recorded 88,615,325 cases and 1,908,948 deaths, while Nigeria recorded 95,934 cases and 1,330 deaths.

He added that the major drivers of the outbreak were both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons, infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), from whom the virus can spread.

The minister said that the Federal Government initiated the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, to provide high-level strategic national response and activation of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to co-ordinate the national public health response, among others.FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInWhatsAppEmail

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