Home Health 70% of  COVID-19 deaths had high blood pressure or diabetes – Minister

70% of  COVID-19 deaths had high blood pressure or diabetes – Minister


70% of  COVID-19 deaths had high blood pressure or diabetes – Minister

70% of  COVID-19 deaths had high blood pressure or diabetes – Minister

 

The majority of COVID-19 deaths recorded in Nigeria were as a result of complications arising from underlining ailments like high blood pressure and diabetes.

 

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on weekday.

 

He said concerning seventy per cent of fatalities recorded were persons over sixty years of age.

 

”The morbidity of fatalities we’ve got had with COVID-19, seventy per cent of them had high blood pressure or diabetes and also the rest were renal disorder, HIV, cancer, TB and different challenges.

 

“​A finding from the analysis of the death pattern shows thirty per cent of male and female around that magnitude relation and concerning seventy per cent of fatalities were persons over sixty years old whereas majority of positives were persons between the ages of twenty nine and forty nine,” he said.

 

According to the World Health Organisation, (WHO), the majority infected with the COVID-19 virus can notice mild to moderate respiratory disorder and recover while not requiring special treatment.

70% of  COVID-19 deaths had high blood pressure or diabetes – Minister

Also, older individuals and people with underlying medical issues like disorder, diabetes, chronic respiratory disorder, and cancer are more probably to develop serious sickness.

 

As of Wednesday, 6,677 cases had been recorded in Nigeria. Out of those, 1,840 are discharged and two hundred deaths are recorded in thirty four states and also the Federal Capital Territory.

 

Mr Ehanire said nearly half the two hundred COVID-19 deaths recorded within the country occurred at home.

 

He noted that concerning fifty per cent of persons who died as a result of the virus at home didn’t show any symptom.

 

He suggested those that have taken the test and awaiting result to heed the consultatory to ”self-isolate from friends, wear face masks and observe hand and respiratory hygiene till their result was out.

 

”By therefore doing, their family, friends community would be protected against getting the virus, ” he said.

70% of  COVID-19 deaths had high blood pressure or diabetes – Minister

The minister said only 1,500 tests were being conducted daily despite the capability to conduct 2,500 tests daily.

 

This he said is because of inadequate surveillance and contact tracing in states.

 

He urged state governments to extend the amount of surveillance groups, so a lot of testing may well be conducted within the laboratories.

 

He noted that new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are developed to assist track surveillance s trategic directions and programmes.

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