COVID-19: Nigeria Adopts New Guidelines To Treat, Discharge Patients

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COVID-19: Nigeria Adopts New Guidelines To Treat, Discharge Patients



Nigeria has adopted new guidelines to determine when Covid-19 patients can be discharged, as science have shown how long individual patients can infect other people.

Director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Chikwe Ihekweazu revealed this in a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 on Thursday.

He said Patients showing symptoms can be discharged at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms and up to three days without symptoms, according to the new guidelines.

The DG further said that the centre has also removed the use of  anti-virals like Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, from its treatment guidelines.

He said the antivirals will now be used only on trials and also casually, because its saftey is uncertain.

Ihekweazu said.

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

“If your symptoms lasts for longer, we will wait while managing.” 

“The symptomatic patients will now be discharged at least 10 days after symptom onset and at least three days without symptoms while asymptomatic patients can be discharged 14 days after the first PCR positive test.

“So we are confident on the impact if this, change is difficult, because we have been saying you have to have a negative test, so even though we have published this result, physicians are still hesitating to use then, but I assume everyone managing cases that 14 days” 

“The treatment protocol remains to manage symptoms, pre-existing conditions, supplemental oxygen therapy to different extents, treatment of bacterial infections and ensuring that patients are well nourished and well hydrated”.

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