The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria.

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The health minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, confirmed the case during a statement issued within the early hours of Friday, February 28, 2020.
According to the statement, the case involves an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and just returned from Milan, Italy on the 25th of February 2020.

He was confirmed to be positive by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, a part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The ministry, however, noted that the patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the communicable disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

The statement reads below

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is that the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the start 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 University Teaching Hospital, a part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the communicable disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

The Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Health has been strengthening measures to make sure an epidemic in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly. The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and can work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to reply to the present case and implement firm control measures.

I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we’ve been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the primary confirmation of cases in China, and that we will use all the resources made available by the govt to reply to the present case.

We have already started working to spot all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria. Please be reminded that the majority people that become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily, but it are often more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses. All Nigerians should lookout of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to guard themselves et al. , including their own families, following the precautions below:

1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

2. Maintain a minimum of 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

3. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in-crowd.

4. confirm you and other 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 once you cough or sneeze. Then eliminate the used tissue immediately.

5. Stay home if you are feeling unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is out there day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. don’t engage in self-medication.

6. Stay informed on the newest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.

Citizens must not abuse social media and enjoys spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will still provide updates and can initiate all measures required to stop the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria.

Dr Osagie Ehanire
Hon. Minister of Health

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus(Covid-19) case in Lagos State Nigeria. The case which was confirmed on 27/02/2020 is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020 @WHO @BBCWorld #CoronaVirusUpdates pic.twitter.com/uF79NYzvAz

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

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