- The federal government has revealed its position on rumours over Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria
- The Nigerian government, through the NCDC, advised citizens of the country to disregard such reports
- The agency said that it has established a laboratory testing platform to track and prevent the possible spread of the disease
The federal government, through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has reacted to claims of the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country.
The NCDC said that such viral reports and rumours are both false and unfounded and therefore called on Nigerians to completely disregard such, Channels TV reports.
The agency, however, admitted that there was a Chinese man who was put under close observation after his return from China recently but was confirmed free from the disease with none of the known symptoms.
The NCDC, in a statement released on Sunday, February 2, said: “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is aware of ongoing rumours of the importation of the Coronavirus to Nigeria."
It also said that to detect the spread of the disease, a laboratory testing platform has already been established in the country.
Moreover, the NCDC cautioned Nigerians to pay close attention to the public health advisory on the epidemic in the country, adding that travellers from China can immediately report to its communication centre if they so wish.
Moreover, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on his official Twitter handle informed Nigerians what emergency contact line to call in a any confirmed and probable case of the epidemic.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday, January 31, listed Nigeria among high-risk African nations for the Coronavirus.
WHO said that the African countries included in the list had direct links as well as a large number of travels to China and as such, had a high tendency of persons contacting the virus.
African nations on the list include Algeria, Angola, Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria and Zambia.
The international health body said that it was making efforts to help nations of the world with the capacity for early detection of the disease.
It called on step up by putting in place screening mechanism at their airports and other key points of entry so as to fight against the spread of the epidemic.
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