- Nigeria is one of the African countries of the world not experiencing the coronavirus ravaging China and spreading to some other countries
- The Nigerian government says despite this, it is continuing with efforts to ensure that the virus does not spread into the country
- The country advises its citizens travelling to China to be careful while carrying out their activities in the foreign land
Nigeria is one of the most fortunate countries currently as it is free of the coronavirus ravaging parts of the world, the federal government has said.
The authorities said there was no recorded case of the virus in Nigeria and Africa like it is happening in China and other countries where it has spread to.
This Day reports that the clean state of the country was confirmed by Chikwe Ihekweazu, head of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Ihekweazu, however, said despite the success, the country is not resting as it is trying to be on top of its game in ensuring that the ailment does not spread into Nigeria.
Ihekweazu added that he relied on the declaration of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a report that indicated that the coronavirus had not spread to Africa because there are no cases of detection.
He said this assurance is also helping the NCDC in its study of the situation adding that it was because of anticipated incidents like this that his agency was created.
On how the NCDC was working to prevent the virus from entering Nigeria, he said there is a team that meets daily to study the situation around the world, check out the risks involved and help with suggestions.
He also explained that the level of spread of the disease is milder than the dreaded Ebola virus which recently caused a health challenge in Nigeria.
He, however, explained that complications only happened in relation to older patients and other underlying health problems suffered by the victims.
The official said travellers to China are being advised to avoid livestock and their produce while there.
He also said such travellers are also advised to report promptly once they notice signs and symptoms that relate to those of the virus.
Legit.ng earlier carried out an enlightenment report on how Nigerians can protect themselves against the coronavirus.
This was as France reported that it had recorded two cases of the ailment in recent time.
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