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Nigeria has been set as a perfect example for the globe to follow in the fight against the coronavirus that has swept across the entire globe and almost brought all socio-economic and political activities to a standstill. World-leading health organization, the World Health Organization has used Nigeria, the most populous black nation on earth as case study while advising countries around the globe on how best to tackle the spread of the virus especially in hard-hit zones. Micheal Ryan, the Executive Director of the World Health Organization Emergencies Programme has lauded the efforts of Nigeria which saw the country establish a 100-bed isolation unit within 48 hours of the first case of the virus in the country to ensure the spread was curtailed. At a coronavirus response conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Ryan urged countries around the globe to always be swift as Nigeria in responding to the spread of the virus.

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It will be recalled that the first case of coronavirus in Nigeria was confirmed by the Nigerian Ministry of Health on February 27, 2020, an Italian man who had entered the country on February 25 from Milan, Italy (the first case was recorded in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub and one of the most populous states in the country), and was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient showed no symptoms of the virus but was immediately isolated at a Yaba health facility (Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos). The second case is a Nigerian, and the good news is that both patients have been declared almost fit by the Nigerian Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, an indication that the West African country has no known coronavirus case or death resulting from the virus.

At the time of the confirmation of the first coronavirus case in Nigeria, the country’s health minister was confident of the nation’s preparedness to tackle the virus and the manner in which it has been handled means the citizens of the African giants with a population of over 180 million can count on their government while equally taking personal safety measures.

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I wish to assure all Nigerians that we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case….All Nigerians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families

Osagie Ehanire

The Nigerian Government through its Ministry of Health has continued to strengthen measures towards ensuring the outbreak of the coronavirus is controlled and contained quickly in Nigeria. Led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigeria’s multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group has already activated its National Emergency Operations Centre and has been working closely with the Lagos State Health authorities to respond and implement firm control measures.



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This article was first published on 23rd March 2020


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