Coronavirus in Nigeria – Federal government confirms first case

The Nigerian government has affirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria.

The Federal Ministry of Health affirmed this Friday morning, in an announcement, signed by Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health.

The case, which was affirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the primary case to be accounted for in Nigeria since the start of the outbreak in China in January 2020.

The announcement uncovered that the case is an Italian resident who works in Nigeria and came back from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020.

“He was affirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“The patient is clinically steady, with no serious symptoms, and is being overseen at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos. ”

The Nigerian government said it has been fortifying measures to guarantee an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained rapidly.

It noticed that the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the NCDC has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

The minister included: “I wish to guarantee all Nigerians that have we have been reinforcing our readiness abilities since the first affirmation of cases in China, and we will utilize all the assets made accessible by the government to respond to this case.

“We have already started working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria.

“Please be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic diseases.

‘”All Nigerians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below:

“Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

“Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

“Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in-crowd.

“Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

“Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in s

elf-medication

“Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.”

The Nigerian government said residents must not manhandle online networking and indulge in spreading falsehood that causes fear and panic.