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No Case Of Coronavirus In Nigeria-Minister Of Health

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No case of Coronavirus has been recorded in Nigeria, this is according to Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health.

Dr. Ehanire stated this while speaking at a ministerial briefing in Abuja on Friday, February 7.

He said that Nigeria had developed enough capacity to detect and isolate any Coronavirus case, especially at international entry points to the country.

Dr. Ehanire disclosed that the Africa Centre for Disease Control (ACDC), World Health Organisation (WHO), and other partners have provided scientific and technical support to Nigeria to strengthen its preparedness for the new 2019-nCoV.

He noted that the support was geared towards ensuring that Nigeria was better prepared to respond, in the event of an outbreak of 2019-nCoV.

“NCDC, Port Health Services and State Epidemiologists were aware of the process for identification and confirmation.

“We‘ll review these criteria as additional information on CoV2019 becomes available,’’ he said.

“Since the emergence of the coronavirus, we have been working every day to learn as quickly as possible about this new virus.

“Ongoing research on its transmissibility and virulence will determine our response across Nigeria,” the minister said.

He advised Nigerians that if they experience symptoms of coronavirus like respiratory illness, restlessness or cough within 14 days of travel to China they should contact NCDC immediately on its toll-free number on – 0800-970000-10, adding that a strange illness recently discovered in Benue had been laboratory tested and showed no symptoms of Ebola, Lassa fever or coronavirus.

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