Coronavirus Scare in Nigeria

Nigerians have had a breath of relieve as suspected cases of Coronavirus in the country turns out to be negative. According to “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)”, the result of the 11 suspected cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) tested in Nigeria is negative.

This was confirmed by Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director General of NCDC to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja. He reassured Nigerians of their safety against COVID-19, following rumour of a confirmed case in Lagos.

He said;

Four laboratories in Nigeria have the capacity to test for the coronavirus. These laboratories are within the NCDC laboratory network and are in contact 24/7. If a new case is confirmed, it will be reported accordingly.

“We are in close communication with the Lagos State Ministry of Health and other states, and will inform the public once there’s a confirmed case in Nigeria”.

Ihekweazu assured Nigerians that the NCDC would continue to closely monitor the outbreak globally.

“We urge Nigerians to disregard rumours and discourage further spread. NCDC will inform the public if a case is reported in Nigeria,” he said.


Mode of control for Coronavirus

The NCDC boss said that when a high-risk traveller with symptoms arrive the country, he/ she would be taken from the airport to an isolation centre and samples would be collected immediately for testing.

“If confirmed, appropriate management will commence but if negative, he/she would still be monitored for 14 days and retested.

“When a high risk traveller that is not symptomatic comes into the country, the person is advised to stay at home for 14 days and report immediately if he/she develops symptoms.

“Furthermore, his contact details are obtained and an official is attached to him/her to monitor him daily for 14 days to see if he develops symptoms.

“If he develops symptoms within 14 days of arrival in the country, samples would be collected from him for confirmation.

“If confirmed he/she goes into our isolation centre where he would be managed appropriately,” he explained.




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