The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, says the country hasn’t record any case of the deadly coronavirus which broke out in China.
Ehanire said this on Friday, during a ministerial briefing in Abuja. According to him, Nigeria had developed enough capacity to detect and isolate any coronavirus case, especially at international entry points to the country.
He revealed also that the Africa Centre for Disease Control (ACDC), World Health Organisation (WHO), and other partners have provided scientific and technical support to Nigeria to strengthen its preparedness for the coronavirus.
Ehanire said: “NCDC, Port Health Services and State Epidemiologists were aware of the process for identification and confirmation.
“We‘ll review these criteria as additional information on CoV2019 becomes available.”
He added: “Since the emergence of the coronavirus, we have been working everyday to learn as quickly as possible about this new virus.
“Ongoing research on its transmissibility and virulence will determine our response across Nigeria.”
The minister advised Nigerians that if they experience symptoms of coronavirus like respiratory illness, restlessness or cough within 14 days of travel to China, they should contact NCDC immediately on its toll-free number on – 0800-970000-10
On the strange illness recently discovered in Benue, he said laboratory tests proved that it showed no symptoms of Ebola, Lassa fever or coronavirus.
NAN reports that the minister said the NCDC had activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities in conjunction with Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi to ascertain the nature of the illness. (NAN)