Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, says available data indicate that Nigeria is already experiencing the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ehanire spoke at a press briefing of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19 on Monday.
He solicited for state participation in sample collection, reporting, and treatment of cases, saying that only 17 states made data or sample submissions in the last cycle.
“All data indicate that we are now no doubt in the third wave of resurgence of the SARS-COV-2 infection, which we saw coming long ago,” Ehanire said.
The minister said there are available beds and oxygen supply at treatment centers ready and alert to receive cases in the face of the third wave threat.
He said that most of the death cases recorded were from people who didn’t get vaccinated and so he advised that Nigerians endeavour to get vaccinated.
He also called on Nigerians to improve on the observance of precautionary measures and report any feeling of unwellness to the nearby COVID-19 center.
He said the health ministry is engaging resident doctors to call off the strike but will ensure treatment of patients is not disrupted by their absence.