The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu has revealed that 90 per cent of COVID-19 patients recover without any intervention.
Mr. Ihekweazu made this known on Wednesday at a press conference to brief the presidential Task force on COVID-19.
in the briefing, he explained how the governor of Oyo state, Mr. Seyi Makinde recovered.
The NCDC DG noted that what a COVID-19 patient usually requires is support for the body to recover by itself.
“We should remember that 90 per cent of these patients recover without any intervention. So, if you take something and say you recovered and that something is why you recovered, it doesn’t quite add up. So, hopefully, there will be some treatment emerging over the next few years but remember that people recover from many viruses; that’s the way it happens,” he said.
“There are very few viruses with a cure. Even the ones that have a bad outcome like lassa fever – 20 per cent of patients die from it – it still means that 80 per cent of patients will recover without any treatment per se. What happens is that the body is supported to recover on its own. So, you go to a hospital and for COVID-19, you’re given oxygen. Oxygen is not really a treatment; it’s to keep you alive for long enough for you to recover yourself.”
“We’re really appealing to our leaders across the country. Please, let the experts do the reporting. Nobody should reveal the identity of a patient, even if it’s the first patient in your state. Please, do not reveal the identity of a patient; the circumstances whether he’s a doctor not. We don’t need all of that. This is a virus. They haven’t committed an offence; they haven’t done anything wrong. We have to show empathy towards all our patients; that’s what we signed up to as healthcare workers,” he said.
He went further saying that political leaders announcing details of COVID-19 cases is not “ill-intentioned”, but about them “not understanding the ethics and norms of the medical practice and public health”.
With 276 cases confirmed so far in Nigeria as at Wednesday evening, at least 35 patients have fully recovered.