Coronavirus can be sexually transmitted, says Health Minister

By our reporter| Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, on Thursday, said that coronavirus can be transmitted sexually.

Eventhough, the World Health Organisation (WHO) currently maintains that it is transmitted through droplets from an infected person, Ehanire, at a media briefing in Abuja, claimed the disease can be transmitted sexually.

“If a person is positive, the virus can be transmitted sexually,” he said.

The minister also revealed that the ministry and health officials are evaluating the coronavirus cases to avoid overcrowding its facilities.

He said, “We are grading our cases very carefully, that’s why we don’t have overcrowding yet, depending on the severity of the case; otherwise, one isolation centre will be filled up if we mix all the cases together.”

“We have four categories as regards coronavirus response and treatment. It has been established that, in most cases, 80 percent of people who tested positive to the virus don’t display symptoms.

“However, the four categories are; no symptom category, mild symptoms category, moderate symptom category and severe symptoms category, which most times, require oxygen or ventilator for treatment of such patient. But so far, we have not had any such cases in Nigeria.

“It’s patients that are on severe symptoms category that are referred to isolation centre at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Abuja or elsewhere in the country.

“We have graded the cases and that was why UATH or other isolation centres are not crowded. Other categories are kept at facilities where they are given adequate treatment.”

Nigeria currently has 65 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to NCDC.

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