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Don’t ignore other killer diseases for COVID-19, Medical Director warns

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Don’t ignore other killer diseases for COVID-19, Medical Director warns

Dr Akintunde Ogunfeyimi, chief medical director of Ondo State Specialist Hospital in Okitipupa, on Friday advised Nigerians to maintain a hygienic life at all times.

Speaking to reporters in Okitipupa, Ondo state, he said this was the only way to prevent the onset of deadly diseases other than COVID-19.

He noted that Nigerians are currently focusing only on COVID-19, forgetting to guard against other deadly diseases that existed before the pandemic.

The chief medical director highlighted diseases such as Lassa fever, malaria, cholera, dysentery, diarrhea and tuberculosis, among others.

“We need to make sure we kill the rats in our homes, cover our food, clean our surroundings, drink clean running water and generally maintain a hygienic life to avoid contact with infectious diseases.

“We also need to make sure we follow all COVID-19 safety protocols and get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect our lives,” he said.

Dr Ogunfeyimi also warned against self-medication and advised people to see a doctor whenever they get sick.

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