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BREAKING: Health Ministry Confirms First Case Of Coronavirus In Lagos

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The Federal Ministry of Well being has confirmed the primary case of the Coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Nigeria.

The well being minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, confirmed the case in a press release issued within the early hours of Friday, February 28, 2020.

In accordance with the assertion, the case entails an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and simply returned from Milan, Italy on the 25th of February 2020.

He was confirmed to be constructive by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos College Instructing Hospital, a part of the Laboratory Community of the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC).

The ministry, nonetheless, famous that the affected person is clinically secure, with no critical signs, and is being managed on the Infectious Illness Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

The Federal Ministry of Well being has confirmed a coronavirus(Covid-19) case in Lagos State Nigeria. The case which was confirmed on 27/02/2020 is the primary case to be reported in Nigeria for the reason that starting of the outbreak in China in January 2020 @WHO @BBCWorld #CoronaVirusUpdates pic.twitter.com/uF79NYzvAz

— Federal Ministry of Well being, NIGERIA (@Fmohnigeria) February 27, 2020

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Learn the total assertion under.

The Federal Ministry of Well being has confirmed a coronavirus illness (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the primary case to be reported in Nigeria for the reason that starting of the outbreak in China in January 2020.

The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos College Instructing Hospital, a part of the Laboratory Community of the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management. The affected person is clinically secure, with no critical signs, and is being managed on the Infectious Illness Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

The Authorities of Nigeria, by way of the Federal Ministry of Well being has been strengthening measures to make sure an outbreak in Nigeria is managed and contained rapidly. The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has instantly activated its nationwide Emergency Operations Centre and can work intently with Lagos State Well being authorities to answer this case and implement agency management measures.

I want to guarantee all Nigerians which have we now have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities for the reason that first affirmation of circumstances in China, and we are going to use all of the sources made obtainable by the federal government to answer this case.

We have now already began working to determine all of the contacts of the affected person, since he entered Nigeria. Please be reminded that most individuals who change into contaminated could expertise solely gentle sickness and get well simply, however it may be extra extreme in others, significantly the aged and individuals with different underlying continual diseases. All Nigerians ought to handle their well being and preserve hand and respiratory hygiene to guard themselves and others, together with their very own households, following the precautions under:

1. Usually and totally wash your palms with cleaning soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

2. Preserve not less than 1 & half metres (5 ft) distance between your self and anybody who’s coughing or sneezing.

three. Individuals with persistent cough or sneezing ought to keep dwelling or preserve a social distance, however not combine in-crowd.

four. Be sure to and other people round you, comply with good respiratory hygiene, that means cowl your mouth and nostril with a tissue or into your sleeve on the bent elbow or tissue if you cough or sneeze. Then get rid of the used tissue instantly.

5. Keep dwelling for those who really feel unwell with signs like fever, cough and issue in respiratory. Please name NCDC toll free quantity which is accessible day and night time, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Don’t interact in self-medication.

6. Keep knowledgeable on the most recent developments about COVID-19 by way of official channels on TV and Radio, together with the Lagos State Ministry of Well being, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Well being.

Residents should not abuse social media and bask in spreading misinformation that causes concern and panic. The Federal Ministry of Well being, by way of Nigeria Centre for Illness Management, will proceed to supply updates and can provoke all measures required to stop the unfold of any outbreak in Nigeria.

Dr Osagie Ehanire
Hon. Minister of Well being

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