Nigerians now have a handbook in home management of mild caases of covid-19 as the nation battles second wave of the disease.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which released the handbook noted it is to guide persons with mild cases of COVID-19 on how to manage their cases while isolating at home.
Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire described the covid-19 handbook, titled: “Patient’s Handbook for COVID-19 Home-based Care in Nigeria” as one created to ease the pressure on facilities where COVID-19 cases are currently being managed.
NCDC has through it veried Twitter handle disclosed thet the handbook, which was develop in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health contains key information that could help persons diagnosed with COVID-19 but have mild to no symptoms manage themselves effectively while in isolation.
“In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, we’ve developed a patient’s handbook for Home-Based care of mild COVID19 cases,” the NCDC announced on its twitter handle.
The agency listed some of the key contents of the handbook to include criteria for Home-based care, ways of preventing further infection at home and ways to manage mild symptoms, among others.
The Director General of the Centre, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that the handbook was released in response to the increasing need for information, especially for COVID-19
“This new handbook provides verified information on how to safely manage COVID-19 cases that do not require hospitalisation. We produced well-detailed guidance for asymptomatic and mild cases in the country.
The handbook has stringent requirements for home-based care, which compulsorily requires risk assessment by a managing physician and the State Ministry of Health,” he said.
The handbook, Ihekweazu however, pointed out that homecare excludes patients who have moderate-severe symptoms such as fatigue and fever that does not abate or breathlessness, those above 60 and people with pre-existing health conditions to be hospitalised in accredited treatment centres.
The NCDC boss said that in addition to the requirements, the new document also includes guidance for caregivers and other household members to remain safe.
He noted that it also includes tips on exercises that could be done to support recovery.
Nigeria now has 124,299 confirmed cases of covid-19 out of which 99,276 have been discharged and 1522 are dead.