ABUJA, NIGERIA – Nigerian Well being authorities are getting ready to deal with any doable outbreak and urge residents to stay calm.
“We have now sufficient reagents to do the checking now, there are 4 laboratories in Nigeria that may check for this explicit virus,” Well being Minister Emmanuel Osagie mentioned. “We even have a system for pattern transport, so samples might be taken from someplace and transported to a testing heart inside a couple of hours. So that’s a part of the community that we’ve got ready.”
The trouble comes as officers confirmed the nation’s first case of the coronavirus. Nigerian well being authorities say the affected person is a person from Italy — a rustic hit exhausting by the virus — who works in Nigeria and returned from the Italian metropolis of Milan to Nigeria’s financial hub, Lagos, days in the past.
This makes Nigeria the primary nation in sub-Saharan Africa to report a case of the virus, which is blamed for greater than 2,800 deaths worldwide.
Well being minister Osagie says they’re working with airline officers to determine different passengers who might have had contact with the contaminated affected person, so as to stop additional unfold.
“We’re going to get the manifest after which do a contact tracing and discover all of the individuals who had been there.” Osagie mentioned. “Normally we get their numbers and addresses and monitor them. We’re not going to imagine that every one of them are OK or will fall sick, however advise anybody who has any signs to report and be monitored.”
The coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China, in December.
A latest evaluation by the World Well being Group named Nigeria as considered one of 12 nations in Africa at excessive threat of the coronavirus risk, due to the excessive degree of journey and commerce between the West African nation and China.
At an Abuja public briefing, WHO Well being official Dr. Clement Peter, admitted that the coronavirus problem is severe and difficult to include.
“Certainly globally, the sounding from WHO may be very clear,” he mentioned. “We do not know the way this outbreak goes to go. Whereas issues must be stabilizing in China steadily, many nations are getting instances that don’t have any hyperlink to China.”
The coronavirus has killed greater than 2,800 folks, and contaminated greater than 83,000 in over 50 nations.
Nigerian well being officers are hoping that no different instances flip up in Lagos, one of many largest and most densely populated cities on the earth.