HealthNigeriaWellnessCoronavirus in Nigeria: ‘Follow This Precautions’ – Nigerian Government Tells Citizens

Following the first confirmed case of Coronavirus in Nigeria, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has announced health precautions Nigerians should take.

“All Nigerians should take care of their health,” the Minister said in a statement released in the early hours of Friday 25 February. “Maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families.”

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain at least 1 and half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in crowd.
  • Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance – 0800-970000-10. Don not engage in self-medication.
  • Stay informed on the latest developments about Covid-19 through official channels on TV and radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.

According to the World Health Organisation, Covid-19 symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. It warned that symptoms may appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure.

The Coronavirus, which began in Wuhan, China has spread to several countries in the world. Over 80,000 people are infected and thousands have died – mostly in China.

Right now, health officials say there is no known drug that can cure Coronavirus infection. Wealthy countries and major pharmaceutical companies are racing to curb the spread of the disease by developing a vaccine which they hope will be ready for human trials before the end of the year.

BBC report that hospitals are testing anti-viral drugs to see if they have an impact and that for now, basic treatment include keeping the patient’s body going, including breathing support, until their immune system can fight off the virus.


Adeola Oladipupo (Correspondent)
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