The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has suggested pregnant and breastfeeding girls to take routine preventative actions to keep away from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) an infection.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director Normal of NCDC, gave the recommendation in an interview with Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
Ihekweazu stated that the preventive measures have been really useful in alignment with the Division of Household Well being, Federal Ministry of Well being (FMOH).
He listed the measures to incorporate diligent hand-washing, avoiding shut contact with folks exhibiting signs of an infection and protecting sneezes and coughs.
He stated that it was not at present identified if pregnant girls have been extra prone to COVID-19 than most people nor whether or not they have been extra more likely to have critical sickness consequently.
“Primarily based on out there data, pregnant girls appear to be at equal danger as different adults.
“Nevertheless, it’s identified that the bodily modifications that happen throughout being pregnant might put expectant girls at elevated danger for some infections.
“Pregnant girls have had the next danger of extreme sickness when contaminated with viruses from the identical household as COVID-19 and different viral respiratory infections resembling influenza.
“Subsequently, pregnant girls ought to take the identical precautions as most people to keep away from COVID-19 an infection,” he suggested.
The NCDC boss suggested pregnant girls to steadily clear their palms utilizing alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
“Clear and disinfect steadily touched surfaces each day. If attainable, keep residence for all the period of the being pregnant aside from ante-natal care hospital visits.
“Eat wholesome and nutritious meals. Guarantee ample mattress relaxation. Should you suppose you will have coronavirus or have been uncovered, keep at residence for 14 days.
“Don’t go to the hospital however contact your physician and the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) toll free quantity, 0800-9700 0010 or state epidemiologist instantly.
“You may be assessed according to present case definition pointers set out by the NCDC.
“You must contact your clinic to tell them that you’ve signs suggestive of coronavirus, significantly if in case you have any routine appointments within the subsequent seven days.
“They need to postpone routine antenatal visits till after the isolation interval is over, and prepare the proper place and time so that you can come on your visits.
“You shouldn’t attend a routine clinic. There could also be a necessity for them to scale back the variety of ante-natal visits you’ve,” he defined.
He stated that breastfeeding girls, ought to, together with their households and well being care suppliers, determine whether or not and how one can begin or proceed breast-feeding.
Ihekweazu stated breast milk supplied safety towards many sicknesses and was the very best supply of vitamin for infants.
“In restricted research, COVID-19 has not been detected in breast milk; nevertheless, it’s not identified for positive whether or not moms with COVID-19 can unfold the virus by way of breast milk.
“If you’re suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 an infection and select to breastfeed, preserve strict hygiene and wash your palms earlier than every feed and put on a face masks,” he stated.
Iheakweazu stated that one other good choice was to pump or categorical by hand breast milk and have somebody not sick to feed the infant.
“In the event that they pump or hand categorical the milk, they need to be sure that they wash their palms earlier than doing so.
“Bear in mind that media hypothesis is rife about COVID-19 and never every part you learn within the newspapers or on-line or hear is correct or verified.
“Trusted and correct data will all the time be launched by the Ministry of Well being or Nigeria Centre for Illness Management.
Yow will discover the newest data and recommendation by contacting NCDC on: NCDC Toll-free Quantity: 0800-9700 0010, https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/pointers.php, Twitter and Fb: @NCDCgov,” he said. (NAN)