- The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) advises Nigerians living in China to be wary of the coronavirus
- The commission says the Nigerian mission in Beijing is in touch with Nigerians in Wuhan, the centre of China's coronavirus outbreak
- Abike Dabiri, the chairperson of NIDCOM, tells Nigerians in China to stay more indoors to avoid the killer disease
The Nigerian government has advised Nigerians living in China to be wary of the coronavirus which has reportedly killed at least 106 people and infected more than 4,500.
Abike Dabiri, the chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) urged Nigerians residing in China to take extra care to avoid falling ill.
In a statement issued by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the spokesperson of the commission on Wednesday, January 29, said the Nigerian mission in Beijing is in touch with Nigerians in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in central China, which has become the centre of China's coronavirus outbreak.
Dabiri advised Nigerians in Wuhan to keep indoors and take necessary medical precautions as recommended.
She counseled Nigerians in China to stay more indoors to avoid the killer disease.
She explained that the warning became imperative as medical persons said there was no specific treatment or vaccine so far for the coronavirus.
Dabiri assured Nigerians living in China that the mission will ensure that all necessary actions will be taken accordingly.
The NIDCOM boss also called the attention of Nigerians in China to follow medical advice as obtained in many educational fliers and announcements. She advised Nigerians to avoid crowded and closed areas as well as avoid close contact with people who are having cold.
Dabiri-Erewa equally advised Nigerians to avoid eating uncooked meat and animals products for now.
She told Nigerians living in China to always wash their hands regularly and maintain personal hygiene.
She said while some are worried that they may run out of goods and other household stuff as a result of movement restrictions, she assured that the ministry of foreign affairs is monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s government has shut down a popular supermarket belonging to some Chinese and located in Abuja over issues with the dreaded and spreading coronavirus.
The officials of the government, while acting on information, stormed the supermarket to discover illegal operations and importation of foods that are deemed harmful for consumption.
According to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), the supermarket located in the Jabi area of Abuja, was discovered to have seafood and animals brought into the country illegally.
In another report, 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.
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