Nigeria Records First Case Of Coronavirus in Lagos
The first case of Coronavirus has been recorded in Nigeria as Lagos state government and the federal ministry of health have confirmed a victim.
The Commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi said the case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit.
The Federal Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire disclosed that the patient was identified by part of the Laboratory Network for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos,” Ehanire said.
The Minister advised that Nigerians should not engage in misinformation about the virus to spread fear and panic on social media
“The Federal Ministry of Health, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria,” he said.he minister added that “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-sectoral 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.
“I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case.
“We have already started working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria. Please be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses
So far, over 33,000 people have recovered from the infection out of the 80,000 cases reported globally.
Nigeria becomes the 52nd country to confirm a positive case of the virus and the third Africa country after Egypt and Algeria.
In Egypt, it was first confirmed on 14 February.
In Algeria, a similar case to Nigeria, the case was an Italian adult who arrived in the country on 17 February.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that with Africa’s “fragile health systems”, the virus posed a considerable threat.