PTF Urges Hospitals To Accept Patients With Other Health Concerns


The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has appealed to hospitals across the country to stop rejecting patients suffering from other ailments which has resulted in the deaths of many patients.

Chairman on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha made the call at the PTF news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

He stated that the PTF had continued to receive reports about hospitals rejecting patients which had resulted in needless death of patients suffering from other ailments.

According to him, “we continue to plead with these hospitals not to reject patients but to follow the protocols for managing COVID-19 while receiving them.”

He added that it was however vital to seek necessary accreditation from the Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC) to manage COVID-19 cases.

Mustapha said the number of confirmed cases and fatalities released in the last few days had been on the high side, adding that this should be attributed to increased testing.

He added that it also confirmed the extent of the spread within the Nigerian communities, especially the 21 high burden local government areas identified as accounting for over 60 per cent of infections nationwide.

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