The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated that the country is now reaching a critical level in the fight against COVID-19.
The agency stated that the hospital capacity will no longer be able to cope with more serious COVID-19 cases.
The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known in a series of tweets on Monday while reacting to the spike in COVID-19.
The NCDC DG tweeted, “We are reaching a critical level where our hospital capacity will no longer be able to cope with more serious COVID-19 cases and health workers will be forced to make tough decisions. We need to protect our more vulnerable citizens.
“We all have to take responsibility. This is not for the NCDC, the PTF or government alone. By organising large gatherings indoors, you’re not only putting yourself and guests at risk but also the staff who have limited choice but to serve. By going to clubs, you’re putting your parents at risk.”
Ihekweazu also stated that the number of coronavirus cases reported in the country had been on the rise in the last four weeks.
“In the last four weeks, we‘ve recorded a spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases. The virus is spreading fast, causing mild symptoms in some and severe illness/death in others,” he tweeted.
The NCDC boss also dispelled doubts that the virus is not real as he stated that the 100,000 persons that contracted COVID-19 in the last 11 months were not just figures but persons.
“Most important of all, the 100,000 cases and over 1,000 deaths are not just numbers. These are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, friends whose deaths will be mourned and the pain of their loss deeply felt. The response starts and ends with the people of this country,” he said.