- The Nigerian leadership is making efforts to prevent the spread of the latest virus ravaging parts of the world, Coronavirus, from entering the country
- The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, said that measures have been put at all entry points into Nigeria to detect and avoid the outbreak of the epidemic
- Ehanire said that such points of entry are all international airports in Lagos, Enugu, Rivers, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, on Tuesday, January 28, confirmed that only in 2020, Nigeria has recorded 41 deaths and 258 cases of Lassa fever outbreak in not less than 19 states.
In a briefing on Tuesday, January 28, Ehanire said that Nigerians should embark on massive hygiene in all their activities as a preventive measure, Channels TV reports.
He said that another way to avoid the spread of the viral disease is the covering of food from rats which is the vector.
On the Coronavirus outbreak, the minister said that although there has been no case of the epidemic, the risk of importation was high.
Moreover, he said that with the presence of the disease in African countries like Ivory Coast and Kenya, there is a cause for worry, since the disease can be spread by humans.
Ehanire said that the federal government through the ministry has set up top surveillance units at all points of entry into the country to prevent the spread of the disease.
He listed the points of entry as international airports in states like Lagos, Enugu, Rivers, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria was one of the most fortunate countries currently as it was free of the coronavirus ravaging parts of the world, the federal government had 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.
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.
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