COVID-19: When Nigeria gets on the virus watch list


He assured that the government will continue to provide resources needed by the professionals, to make the centre as comfortable as possible.

“In the event that there are other victims, there are other containment centres. We are collaborating with the Federal Government, National Disease Control Centre, WHO, UNICEF and African Union,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The Governor said there would not be prohibition of public gatherings and regular activities in Lagos, despite the diagnosed case of COVID-19, pointing out that such measure may give rise to needless panic among the general public. He said the condition of the patient was not “highly contagious” at the moment, adding that the State would only ban outdoor gatherings in the case of escalation in person-to-person transmission of the virus.

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He said: “It is only when there is a high level of escalation that t he public can be panicky and this is when we realize that it is getting to person-to-person transmission. As we have said, this isolated case has been contained right from the hospital where he was first admitted and the guesthouse he slept after his arrival in Nigeria. It is when there is a person-to-person infection that we can trigger another level of isolation and curtail public events where large number of people can gather. I don’t think we have gotten to that level yet.”

The governor lamented that some Nigerians are taking advantage of the crisis at hand to make money by hiking prices of preventive items.

“This is not the means to enrich yourselves, people are abusing a rare opportunity, this is not laughable and not what anybody wishes for, people hoarding things and selling 500 percent above the normal price, we should ask ourselves what kind of people are we? We should be our brother’s keepers.”

The Lagos incident has led to a flurry of activities across critical agencies and states of the federation on measures to contain the spread of the virus.

NCAA tightens measures at airports

Nuhu said the NCAA was also working with the Federal Ministry of health and other stakeholders in the aviation sector to endure all travelers coming into Nigeria are adequately screened with minimum did update ion to facilitating of travel.

Nuhu said  all contingency plans for public health events in Aviation have been activated including airport-specific Public Health Emergency Contingency Plans (PHECPs). NCAA has ensured that all measures adopted at Nigerian airports are in accordance to ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and WHO International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).

“We advise the travelling public to remain calm but alert and take necessary precaution in protecting themselves while traveling, includi”ng alerting crew members and airport facilitation staff to travellers that may look ill or showing signs and symptoms of the disease. Travellers returning from countries experiencing community transmission of the COVID-19 should present themselves to Port Health Services on arrival at the Point of Entry – International Airport. Travellers who develop signs and symptoms of the disease after returning from a trip abroad are to seek immediate medical attention at the nearest Health facility or call the NCDC on 0800-970000-10.

Ganduje approves emergency hotlines against disease

Meanwhile in Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has approved some emergency hotlines provided by the Ministry of Health in case of any eventuality.

The surveillance and emergency response measures were in place to tackle possible outbreak of any communicable diseases.

The emergency contacts are:

  1. Dr. Imam Wada Bello, Director Public Health and Disease Control 08050303343;
  2. Dr. Bashir Lawan Muhammad, State Epidemiologist/Incident Manager, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) 08099973292;
  3. Sulaiman Ilyasu, State Disease Surveillance and Nitification Officer (SDSNO) 08039704476;
  4. State Coordinator, World health Organisation (WHO), Kano 08037038597;
  5. Dr. Sharif Yahaya Musa, Director Disease Control and Epidemiologist 08176677497

We are on top of the situation – Ondo Govt

In Ondo, The Ondo State Government has urged residents not to panic over the discovery of corona virus in Ogun state, saying all machinery have been put in place to prevent the virus from entering the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Wahab Adegbenro, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Akure.

Adegbenro said it has become imperative to sensitise the public because the outbreak was in Lagos and Ogun, which is just some few hours’ drive to Ondo State.

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