- Over 60% of Nigerians have said they are afraid of contracting coronavirus, according to a survey by NOIPoll
- However, 26% of Nigerians nationwide held the perception that they are immune to the virus, citing religious belief, Nigerian weather, etc
- The survey also showed that 84% of Nigerians are aware of the coronavirus, though 50% of them do not have information on preventive measures against the disease
As the number of coronavirus cases in Nigeria jumped from three to eight, 63% of Nigerians have said they are concerned they might contract the deadly virus, a survey by NOIPolls have indicated.
Also, due to the incorrect news of immunity being spread, the poll revealed that 26% of Nigerians nationwide held the perception that they are immune to the virus.
Forty percent of Nigerians in this category believed that they are immune to coronavirus because of their faith and religious beliefs.
Some 30% also believe they are immune to the infection because they have a strong genetic make-up that is resistant to the virus.
Additionally, 17% believe they are immune because the Nigerian weather is too hot for the virus to survive in while 8% are of the belief that their personal herbal remedy will protect them from the virus.
Five percent believe that coronavirus is not an African disease rather a western disease.
The poll result published on Thursday, March 19, revealed that a vast proportion of Nigerians (84%) are aware of the coronavirus.
The high level of awareness level is attributed to the health authorities' efforts in using various media platforms to inform Nigerians of the illness since Nigeria recorded its first case.
Also, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) issued a public health advisory to inform Nigerians about symptoms and preventive measures and has provided a toll-free number for guidance.
However, the poll revealed that 50% of Nigerians do not have information on preventive measures against the coronavirus disease.
This implies that about hundred million Nigerians are at risk of being infected with the disease.
Nevertheless, it is heartwarming to note that 45% stated that regular washing of hands is one of the measures they would take to prevent the spread of the disease.
Also, 97% disclosed that they would be willing to report and be tested if they show any sign of coronavirus as well as willing to be quarantined if they are at risk of spreading the virus disease.
Meanwhile, the Ondo state government has confirmed that there is a suspected case of coronavirus in Akure, the state capital.
The state government has, however, given assurance that the situation is being currently handled.
A man simply identified as David who came into Nigeria from the United States was taken to a government hospital in Ondo state after being suspected of having coronavirus.
In a similar development, the Ministry of Health in Katsina state said it has recorded a first suspected case of Covid-19.
The ministry's permanent secretary, Dr Kabir Mustapha, has confirmed the development.
Legit.ng gathers that the suspected patient is currently on self-isolation. He was said to have returned from Malaysia and developed symptoms that warranted further investigations.
The patient reportedly came back to the country on Monday, March 9, and visited his family in Safana local government area.
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