This he said at the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Thursday.
According to Mustapha, the minster for health, Osagie Ehanire, has directed medical directors of tertiary hospitals to provide regular services to avoid more deaths.
“The PTF has received rather sadly, reports of continued refusal by medical institutions to receive and treat patients for fear COVID-19. This has resulted in several unfortunate and avoidable fatalities and statistics has shown that there is a drastic drop in the percentage of attention being paid to other ailments not related to COVID-19,” he said.
“This situation is made worse by the fact that federal tertiary institutions have been mentioned among those rejecting patients for fear of COVID-19. This not acceptable. We are saddened by this development.
“The minister of health has reached at to all medical directors directing them to continue providing regular medical services so that we do not end up with avoidable deaths. Truth be told, we are having more deaths from non-attendance to other diseases than even COVID-19.
“The reason for the greater emphasis on COVID-19 is because it is a pandemic and if not curtailed has a capacity of wiping out large segments of our population.
“The PTF also urge all the chief medical directors and private health service providers to attend to other health challenges, which continue to confront our people on a daily basis. Of course, the guidelines for dealing with patients presenting COVID-19 like symptoms are available and if these are applied by our medical service providers, there would be lesser risks of exposure to the virus.”
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