The Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 will focus on vaccine procurement in the first quarter of 2021.

Mamora said this at the PTF national briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

The minister said that the COVID-19 vaccine would be purchased from any available point of sale or country and would be subjected to the National Agency For Food and Drugs Administration and Control regulation.

According to Mamora, a total number of samples of people tested for COVID-19 in the country is 937,712, a number of confirmed cases, 84,811, active cases, 12,190, discharged till date, 71,357, and the number of deaths till date stands at 1,264.

He said that the case fatality equals 1.49 per cent.

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Speaking on the case management strengthening activities in the country, Mamora said that the fatality rate at 1.49 per cent in spite of an increasing number of active cases and morbidity were evidence of scaled-up activity and quality of care at the isolation centres.

“All the federal tertiary hospitals that obviously run levels 2 & 3 isolation centres have been directed to improve/scale-up Infection Prevention and Control measures in order to improve on treatment outcomes and enhance the safety of the frontline health personnel.

“This is coming at the backdrop of the recent upsurge in the affected health workers and the unfortunate demise of some.

”The case management team has continued to advocate the presence of psychosocial support for both patients and health workers.

”This is necessary because of the fatigue and consequential apathy associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

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