The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday released a handbook to guide persons with mild cases of COVID-19 on how to manage their cases while isolating at home.
The Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire had hinted about the handbook, titled: “Patient’s Handbook for COVID-19 Home-based Care in Nigeria” a few day ago disclosing that it was created to ease the pressure on facilities where COVID-19 cases are currently being managed.
In an announcement through its twitter handle on Tuesday, NCDC said the handbook, which was develop in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health contains key information that could help persons diagnosed with COVID-19 but have mild to no symptoms manage themselves effectively while in isolation.
“In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, we’ve developed a patient’s handbook for Home-Based care of mild COVID19 cases,” the NCDC announced on its twitter handle.
It went on to list some of the key contents of the handbook to include criteria for Home-based care, ways of preventing further infection at home and ways to manage mild symptoms, among others.
In a follow-up announcement, the NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that the handbook was released in response to the increasing need for information, especially for COVID-19
“This new handbook provides verified information on how to safely manage COVID-19 cases that do not require hospitalisation. We produced well-detailed guidance for asymptomatic and mild cases in the country. The handbook has stringent requirements for home-based care, which compulsorily requires risk assessment by a managing physician and the State Ministry of Health,” he said.
The handbook, he said, however, excludes patients who have moderate-severe symptoms such as fatigue and fever that does not abate or breathlessness, those above 60 and people with pre-existing health conditions to be hospitalised in accredited treatment centres.
The NCDC boss said that in addition to the requirements, the new document also includes guidance for caregivers and other household members to remain safe.
He noted that it also includes tips on exercises that could be done to support recovery.
As at Tuesday, 1,303 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded, bringing the total number of infection in the country to 124,299.
Link to download copy of the handbook- https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/COVID19PatientsBookforHomebasedCare.pdf