At at the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 yesterday in Abuja, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu reveals that 90 per cent of COVID-19 patients recover without any intervention in Nigeria.
He disclosed this while responding to a question on how Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, recovered in less than one week.
He said what a COVID-19 patient usually requires is support for the body to recover by itself.
He stated it clearly 90 per cent of these patients recover without any intervention and that those who claim they take something for recovery may be confused or lying. “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.
He enlightened the public that there are very few viruses with a cure and that even the ones that have a bad outcome like lassa fever, in which 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.”