The CoronaVirus or CoVid-19 as officially named by WHO has reached the Nigerian shore while the world’s economy is being crippled by the outbreak of the deadly virus. This epidemic till date (Feb 28, 4h30 AM Nigerian time) has appeared in 51 countries, with over 83.000 cases of infected has been reported and stolen the lives of at least 2.858 patients.
Coronavirus infection has been confirmed in 51 countries
According to the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Nigeria has confirmed the first patient of Covid-19. Professor Akin Abayomi, the state Commissioner for Health has made this known by an official statement at about 1:40 this morning, Friday, Feb 28.
Also in his statement, the Commissioner for Health revealed the patient is a foreigner who just departed from Italy where 655 infected cases of Coronavirus have been found. The Italian on a business trip to Nigeria felt sick on 26th February with symptoms of Coronavirus, so he was taken to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for testing and isolation. A case of Coronavirus infection was later confirmed. However, the patient is currently of no critical symptoms and under control.
The first Covid-19 infected cases in Nigeria has been isolated
The Commissioner is also positive that the Lagos state government had taken proper measures and is ready to avert any possibility of a Covid-19 outbreak in the country with assistance from the NCDC’s Coronavirus Preparedness Group.
“We have immediately activated the State Emergency Operations Centre to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.”
“I wish to assure all Lagosians and Nigerians that we have been strengthening our preparedness since the first confirmation of cases in China. We will use all the resources made available by the state government and the Federal Government to respond to this case.
Professor Akin Abayomi also wished for a necessary social understanding of the Covid-19 as reminding people of Nigeria to protect themselves and others by preventive precautions as he and responsible Nigerian civil servants try their best to identify possible infected cases in Nigeria:
“We are working to identify all the contacts of the patient since he arrived in Nigeria. Please, be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only a mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses. All Lagosians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following these precautions:
“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 you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
“People coughing persistently or sneezing should stay indoors or keep a social distance, but not mix with a crowd.
“Ensure that you and people around you follow good respiratory hygiene by covering mouths and noses with a handkerchief or tissue while sneezing or coughing. You can also sneeze or cough into your sleeve at the bent elbow. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
“Stay indoors if you feel unwell with symptoms, such as fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call Lagos State Emergency hotlines 08023169485 or 08033565529 or 08052817243 which are available day and night.”
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The state Commission for Health understands the importance of media and urges every citizen to stay updated with the latest news of the Corona epidemic while warning against any act of spreading fake news of the virus.
“Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, the Social Media, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.
“Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic. The Lagos State Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Lagos,” Abayomi said.
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