The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has stated that COVID-19 patients, who spent a long period at isolation centres were at the risk of depression.
The Health Minister stated this on Thursday in Abuja at the press conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He said: “On the mental health issue of those in isolation, who have stayed a little bit longer, some people do get a little bit of mental depression. This mental health issue is under consideration. A policy is being developed in states to have psychologists create things to engage those in isolation.”
The Minister, who said that the government has planned to deploy psychologists to the isolation centres to take care of such patients, further revealed that an analysis of the 200 COVID-19 deaths recorded so far in the country revealed a 70-30 per cent ratio for males and females.
He also advised all those who had taken the COVID-19 test to remain in self-isolation until their results are out.
Ehanire said, “A finding from our analysis of deaths shows the ratio is 70 to 30 for men and women respectively. About 70 per cent were over 60 years of age, while the majority of positive cases were between 29 and 49 years of age, being the most outgoing segment of any society. I also advise all who have taken the test and are awaiting result to self-isolate at home, wear face masks and observe hand and respiratory hygiene until the result is out.