COVID-19: Hospital visits drop by fifty percent

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ohanire says that outpatient visits to Nigerian hospitals during the COVID-19 outbreak has dropped by half.

He said this at the daily press briefing by the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force.

The figures are from the National Health Management Information System.

Outpatient visits to hospitals dropped from four million to about two million while antenatal visits dropped from 1.3 million to 655,000.

He added: “Skilled birth attendance, there was a “drop from 158,374 to less than 99,000 while immunization services also reduced to about half.”

“The latest statistics from the NHMIS indicate that outpatient visits dropped from four million to about two million; antenatal visits from 1.3 million to 655,000. Also, skilled birth attendance from 158,374 to less than 99,000 while immunization services reduced to about half.

“All these failings have yet undetermined consequences, which the easing of the lockdown should hopefully address. However, easing restrictions has to be balanced by citizens complying with protective and prophylactic advisories, and to encourage relatives, friends, neighbours and customers to do the same.”

The federal government is also to engage state commissioners of health using an ICT platform to retrain their health workers.

Dr. Ehanire explained: “The Federal Ministry of Health and its agencies, particularly the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, have scaled up training in infection prevention and control, case finding and management, emergency patient transport systems, surveillance outbreak response management analysis system.”

Source: Voice of Nigeria