The World Health Organisation (WHO) has applauded the Nigerian government on measures taken to contain the spread of coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, within the country.
The Director-General of the United Nations health agency, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, recognised the government’s effort during a tweet on Saturday.
He also thanked the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) for its efforts since the patient of the virus was reported late February.
Ghebreyesus noted that Nigeria was swift and transparent within the manner it shared the sequence of coronavirus from the country’s first case.
“This a real act of solidarity and a crucial step in stopping the coronavirus from spreading further,” he said.
The remarks by the health agency’s director-general was in reaction to an earlier tweet by the NCDC that Nigeria has published the primary African SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence, from coronavirus.
Thank you @NCDCgov & the Government of #Nigeria for the swift & transparent way you have shared the #COVID19 sequence from the country’s first case. This a true act of solidarity and an important step in stopping the #coronavirus from spreading further. https://t.co/6fv15oMDTm
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 7, 2020
His tweet didn’t go unnoticed because the Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, thanked the Ethiopian for recognising the efforts of the federal et al. fighting the virus within the country.
Ihekweazu, however, noted that the state still has “a long journey ahead” in ensuring that the people of the country were shielded from the virus and similar diseases.
Thank you @DrTedros for recognising the collaborative efforts of Nigeria – @ProfAkinAbayomi of @LSMOH, @LawalSalako of @nimrnigeria, Prof Omilabu of @LUTHofficial, @christian_happi of @acegid_lab and our #NCDCTeam.
Still long journey ahead…. https://t.co/RAebI127lJ
— Chikwe Ihekweazu (@Chikwe_I) March 7, 2020