Nigerians are being assured that the monitoring systems would strongly ensure that the virus does not spread beyond the first patient or possibly, few other people that came in contact with the Italian patient.
While addressing a press conference in Abuja on Friday Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of health, confirmed that a patient, an Italian, was said to had entered Nigeria with the virus on February 25 from Milan, Italy.
The victim was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the laboratory network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
The minister however appealed to Nigerians not to panic, with a reassurances that government was prepared to ensure the virus doesn’t escalate as it had by beefed up its preparedness capabilities and equally deployed resources to respond to the case.
In his words;
The Federal Ministry of Health, through NCDC will continue to provide updates and will continuously initiate Nigerians on measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria.
He, however, disclosed that a multi-sectoral coronavirus preparedness team led by NCDC had activated national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), and would work closely with Lagos State health authorities to respond to the confirmed case and implement firm control measures.
I wish to assure Nigerians that we have beefed up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we would use available resources to respond to the case.
The minister urged Nigerians to take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families.
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