Minister of Health Ehanire Osagie said that Nigeria could soon exit the second wave of Coronavirus disease.
Osagie, who spoke at a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday 22 February, said that the country has seen a decrease in the number of COVID-19 incidents.
The Minister also claimed that the reduced rate of positivity from continuous research in the Member States is synonymous with global trends.
“This trend in reduction compares with global observations of seeming decline in COVID-19 cases, signifying that the second wave may be receding.
“On 21st of February 2021, 521 new infections and 8 deaths occurred in 20 states. The sustained testing in states has decreased positively rate.
“We are, however, not drawing conclusions yet and certainly not declaring victory, but rather watching developments as they unfold nationally and internationally, ready to make use of comparative advantages that may emerge.”
On the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Osagie said the Nigerian government is closely monitoring the situation and also collaborating with the West African Health Organization (WAHO).
“Nigeria is closely observing developments on the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea and working with West African Health Organization (WAHO) to contain it in the outbreak country of Guinea and prevent the spread to other countries in the region.
“We are pleased to note that the ECOWAS countries adjacent to the epicenter are taking strict measures with regard checking movement of persons.”
The Minister claimed that while Nigeria was listed as a moderate Ebola risk country due to its distance from Guinea, Port Health Service officials were on high alert to increase border surveillance of travellers arriving by air or overland from destinations across the outbreak country to prevent the import of disease.