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NCDC issues new rules on COVID-19 patients’ treatment, discharge

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, June 4, announced a new case management guidelines for the treatment and discharge of COVID-19 pandemic patients.

Its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) media briefing in Abuja.

Ihekweazu said that the third version of the guidelines was released following the emergence of new science about the duration of infectivity of individual patients.

The NCDC DG said that the guidelines were for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.

According to him, symptomatic patients will now be discharged at least 10 days after symptom onset and at least three days without symptoms.

“For asymptomatic patients, they can be discharged 14 days after the first PCR positive test.

“We no longer have to wait for a negative test to discharge, with the confidence that you can go home and you are no longer infective or putting family or friends at risk.

“If your symptoms last longer, we will wait while managing it,” Ihekweazu said.

He said that physicians were hesitant about the new guidelines, assuring them that the new guidelines were effective.

The NCDC chief said the centre had also removed the use of antivirals and Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine from its treatment guidelines.

He said the antivirals would now be used only on trials setting and casually because its safety was uncertain.

Meanwhile, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has urged Nigerians to report cases of Rape within their vicinity to the agency or the nearest police station.

Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, Director-General of NAPTIP, made the call in an interview on Thursday, June 3, in Abuja; following the rising cases of rape in the country.

The NAPTIP DG said both old and present cases should be reported to the Agency.

According to her, reporting the case of rape is the only way the trend can be stopped in the society; the agency will not compromise its work for anything if such case is reported to it.

“Rapists are now getting away with their illicit acts along with murder; these cases of domestic servitude are cases that take place behind closed doors.

“Our job in NAPTIP is to protect Nigerian men and women; we are not going to compromise our work if they report such a case, we will ensure justice is done.

“Rape cases are not reported because of stigmatisation of the victims and this makes the cases rise. Very soon, the name of rapists will be published with their pictures in the media,” she said.

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