Nigeria has recorded an additional 675 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
According to the data released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos has 288 cases from the total. Others include Oyo-76, Rivers-56, Delta-31, Ebonyi-30, Gombe-28, Ondo-20, Kaduna-20, Kwara-20, Ogun-17, FCT-16, Edo-13, Abia-10, Nasarawa, and Imo states have 9 each, Bayelsa, Borno, and Katsina have 8 each, Sokoto and Bauchi have three each, while Plateau state has 2.
From the total confirmed cases of 20,919, 7,109 patients have been discharged with 525 deaths recorded.
States yet to review hazard allowance for doctors
After suspending their strike, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has said that most of the state governments are yet to review the hazard allowance of health workers.
The medical practitioners have been on the frontline in order to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Association, COVID-19 inducement allowance has only been paid to 11 Federal health institutions. They also stated that the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided for them are consumables and non-reusable, and therefore stressed the need for sustained supply.
In considering the efforts of the Federal Government and the promises by the state government, the striking doctors suspended their strike, to allow the federal and state government time to fulfill the outstanding demands.
COVID-19: This is not the time to let down our guards but restrategise, Health minister warns
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has warned Nigerians that this is not the time to let down guards but to restrategise on additional measures to curtail further spread of COVID-19, with over 20,000 cases now reported in the country.
Dr Ehanire said this is not the sole responsibility of government, but of all citizens, individually and collectively.
Speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday, the Minister also appealed to all health workers who have any form of grievances to report immediately to his office rather than embarking on agitation that would breach the response activities already put in place.
“While the overall trajectory was predicted as the course of events, explained both by increased community transmission and rising testing capacity, it is a reminder that we must not only, not let down our guards, but begin to restrategize on additional measures of keeping control of the situation.