It is now official; Coronavirus is in Nigeria. The Federal Ministry of Health confirmed on Thursday that the first case of the COVID-19 has been recorded in Lagos, Nigeria.
The statement reads, “The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba.”
On readiness to combat this outbreak, the Federal Government further stated, “The Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Health has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly. The multi-sectorial Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (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.”
Now, this is a serious issue, knowing the Nigerian Government, Nigeria is not fully prepared to battle this pandemic. We know to put our destiny into our own hands and stay safe. The World Health Organization has already declared the Coronavirus disease as a public health emergency of international concern.
How Coronavirus Spreads
- Airborne through coughing and sneezing.
- Close personal contact, such as touching or via handshake.
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before watching your hands.
- Rarely, faecal contamination.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Feeling of being unwell.
How to Prevent Yourself from Coronavirus in Nigeria
The inevitable has happened, Coronavirus is in Nigeria. Here is how to stay safe out there.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap.
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay hydrated and rest if you feel tired.
- Visit the nearest hospital if you are concerned.