CoronaVirus in Nigeria: How to Prevent Coronavirus Plus the Hotlines to Call
The Federal Ministry of Health has finally come out to affirm its first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lagos, Nigeria’s business city. The index case, a Nigerian-based Italian man who as of late came back from Milan, Italy, on the 25th of February, 2020 has been detached and is right now being treated at an emergency clinic in Lagos.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire in an announcement given in the early hours of Friday, February 28,2020, confirmed this case.
The Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Prof Akin Abayomi broke the news in an announcement on Friday, saying: “The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the only case to be accounted for in Nigeria since the outbreak began in China in December, 2019.
“The case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit. He fell ill on the 26th February and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing. COVID-19 infection 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, Lagos.
“The Government of Lagos State under the Governor as the COVID-19 Incident Commander, through the Lagos State Ministry of Health, has been strengthening measures to ensure that any outbreak in Lagos is controlled and contained quickly in collaboration with the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). We have immediately activated the State Emergency Operations Centre to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.
“I wish to assure all Lagosians and Nigerians that we have been strengthening our preparedness since the first confirmation of cases in China. We will use all the resources made available by the State and the Federal Government to respond to this case.
“We are working to identify all the contacts of the patient since he arrived in Nigeria. Please, be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only a mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses. All Lagosians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following precautionary meaures”
Novel coronavirus, named COVID-19, which has been spreading from China, its index nation to other countries, has now infected more than 82,000 individuals and with a resulting 2700 plus deaths.
The sickness started before the end of last year in Wuhan, China and is in now in 50 nations. This illness survives on any surface, inasmuch as the temperature is good.
Symptoms of the Coronavirus
Symptoms of the novel coronavirus are not new and anyone who has ever come down with a flu will be familiar with them. Symptoms of this virus include:
- Fever and tiredness
- Runny nose
- Muscle ache
Some Important Facts about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) You Should Know
1.Coronavirus is quite infectious and spread through contact with the mouth and nose droplets of infected individuals.
2.This infection can also be gotten when you come in contact with the stool or blood of an infected person.
3.The coronavirus can survive on any hard surface for a considerable length of time, which is the reason the World Health Organization (WHO) prescribe washing your hands a few times each day.
4.While this sickness is extremely infectious, 80% of it is mild, requiring no clinical mediation to clear as the disease would usually go on its own.
5.Anyone can get infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and more than 1,700 health workers have been infected by it with six dying from it.
6.The average person touches their face 15-23 times every hour, which is why WHO strongly recommends washing your hands regularly.
How to Prevent Coronavirus Infection
Since the novel coronavirus is exceptionally infectious and spreads quickly, here are a few ways recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the novel coronavirus.
1.Wash your hands regularly, starting from the elbow with soap and water for at any rate 20 seconds.
2.Alternatively, make use of a liquor based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% liquor.
3.Clean all frequently touched surfaces and items with liquor or sanitizer..
4.Keep your distance if you find anyone around you is ill or exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus.
5.Call in to work to inform your boss if you feel sick or exhibit any flu-like symptoms.
6.Keep your mouth and nose covered with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and dispose of this immediately in the dustbin.
7.Stay current with the latest happenings so you know how best to protect yourself.
8.Watch out for any individual who may be sick around you and put a call through to any of these Lagos State Emergency hotlines: 08023169485, 08033565529, 08052817243.
9.Take lots of vitamin C as it is known to boost the immune system which is needed to fight off the novel coronavirus
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