The Presidential Task Force head & Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, has stated that the over 10,000 patients discharged in one day yesterday, did not suggest that Nigeria should begin to celebrate.
He explained, “No, if you noticed, as we celebrated those discharges, there has also been a decrease in the testing.
“In the last couple of days we tested just barely 2,000 across the nation, but we have a testing capacity of much more thousands than 2,000.
“Another reason; everybody is still in the Sallah mood, even the essential workers, remember when I talked of fatigue, this is part of it. We have been doing this thing for the last three to four months, it gets to a point when you want to lay back and say we are already overcoming this.
“But I know that in the next couple of days, the testing will be more because people would have come out of the Sallah celebrations and come back to work. The sub-nationals and local governments will begin to go into the communities to search because this is the point at which you have to go into the local communities and begin to search. If you don’t do that, so much is happening as a result of the community transmission that has been cascaded into the local communities that if you wait for it to present itself, it will present itself in a very explosive manner and we can get into a panic mode.
“We don’t want to have that; that is why are encouraging the state governments to go into the local communities to ensure that they search for those infected with this virus, test them, if they are positive, isolate them and provide care for them.”
“He said the report mainly captured what had been done so far to combat the infection, adding that Buhari was impressed with the work of the task force.
Mustapha also took time to give a global update on the rate of infections.
He spoke further, “Basically, the report is capsulation of how we have come from where we started and we have looked at the last one month. We have realised that there has been a global increase in terms of infections, we looked at the global statistics.
“By the 4th of July, the number of infections globally was about 10 million but within a period of one month, from the 4th of July to 4th of August, there was an increase of almost eight million And the figure went up to 18 plus million.
“Similarly in Africa, by the 4th of July, we had about 300,000 infections but by 4 of August, it rose to over 800,000.
“Similarly in Nigeria, by the 4th of July, we had about 28,000 infections but by yesterday, we had about 44,000.
“So all over the world the figures have increased. What message does that convey to us as a people and as a nation? That we are not out of the woods. The pandemic is on, the virus is ravaging and you know cumulatively, with the increase in the numbers there are increase in fatalities.
“On the African continent, if you look at what is happening in South Africa, the figures have gone beyond half a million infections.
“So, the numbers are increasing and that message is sobering. That in spite of the trillion of dollars that has been thrown against COVID-19, we have not been able to abet it’s ravaging effect in terms of infections and fatalities. So the Nigerian phenomenon is not different from what is happening all over the world.
“So the PTF has received a word of commendation from Mr President and encouragement, realising that it has gotten to a point if you look at the entire picture of what is happening with the level of compliance, fatigue, exhaustion and also an attitude of we give up will set in.”