The Nigerian Minister of Health says about 50% of patients coming to the hospitals for check-ups have stopped going to hospitals.
Dr Osagie Ehanire says the number of pregnant women attending hospital and anti-malarial activities has dropped sharply since the outbreak of corona virus in the country.
Dr Ehanire, who spoke at the daily news conference at the National Committee for the Prevention of Malaria in Abuja, said that the number of patients coming to hospitals at the emergency level, those who are uninsured, Without them, it has dropped from four million to two million people every day.
At the same time, the number of pregnancies dropped from 1.3 million to 655 million, while the number of anti-depressants dropped by half.
The number of births conducted by skilled health workers is very low.
But the minister did not elaborate on the reasons for the dramatic decline, noting that measures aimed at combating corona virus could be one of the reasons.
However, reports from different parts of Nigeria indicate that many patients have stopped going to the hospital for fear of being infected, and some doctors are giving them a telephone medical consultation to reduce the number of people in the hospital.
Also, data shows that many private hospitals are closed, while in some places there are hundreds receiving patients.
The chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Francis Faduyile, said that the decline in the number of patients coming to hospitals, pregnant women, and prenatal services fell by around 50%
But Minister of Health Dr Ehanire said the government is taking steps to ensure regular health services are restored to normal.