Nigeria confirms first Coronavirus (COVID-19) case
The first case of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Lagos. The Minister of Health, Osagie Enahire, announced this early Friday morning.
The health minister said the first confirmed case of the virus in Lagos was an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and had returned from Milan earlier this week.
"The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, we have already started working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria," Ehanire said, adding that the patient was being treated at a hospital for infectious diseases in Lagos
COVID-19 infection 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 Lagos State Ministry of Health has been reinforcing measures to ensure that any outbreak in Lagos is controlled and contained rapidly in alliance with the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Please, be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only a mild illness and recover , but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and people with underlying chronic diseases. All Lagosians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below:
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
2. Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms; stay home when you are sick, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
3. Maintain at least a 5 Feet distance between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
4. A healthy immune system is vital to protecting yourself from the virus, strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and always staying hydrated.
5. Ensure that you and people around you follow good respiratory hygiene by covering mouths and noses with a handkerchief or tissue while sneezing or coughing. You can also sneeze or cough into your sleeve at the bent elbow.
6. Thoroughly cook meat and eggs and avoid unprotected contact with live animals
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, ensure you seek medical care promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition.
Source: WHO, Aljazeera