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Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by lalasticlala(m): 7:51pm On Mar 17
DISEASE

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a new strain of the virus that has not been previously identified in humans. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This is an updated advisory on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This advisory will be updated frequently to reflect new information and research emerging on the disease and its impact on populations.

As at the 16th of March 2020, Nigeria has recorded three confirmed cases of COVID-19. The first case was an Italian traveller to Lagos and Ogun. The second case was a contact of the first case in Ogun. The third case is a Nigerian who returned to Lagos from UK & developed symptoms during her 14-day self-isolation. On the 13th of March 2020, the second case was discharged having cleared the virus and tested negative twice. Identified contacts of the index case in Ogun and Lagos have completed their 14-day follow up period.

The Federal Ministry of Health, through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has activated a national Emergency Operations Centre at the highest level and is leading the national response. A National Rapid Response Team has been deployed to support Lagos and Ogun State Governments with response activities.

Currently, there are five laboratories in NCDC’s molecular laboratory network with the capacity to test for COVID-19 in Nigeria. These laboratories are sufficiently equipped with reagents and supplies for testing.

The Federal Ministry of Health has also intensified surveillance at points of entry (Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt and FCT) particularly for returning travellers with travel history to high risk countries with widespread community transmission*. Presently, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available.

An intensive communications campaign has begun to provide regular updates and accurate information to Nigerians on protecting themselves. This can be found on www.covid19.ncdc.gov.ng

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

To reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19, members of the public are advised to adhere to the following measures:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap under running water or use alcohol-based sanitizer if water is not available.
• Cover your mouth and nose properly with a tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. Dispose of the tissue properly immediately after use. You may also cough into your elbow if a tissue is not available.
• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
• Healthcare workers are always advised to observe standard infection prevention and control measures when attending to patients and take a travel history.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Exit and entry screening has been intensified across several countries, particularly countries with ongoing local transmission. This includes temperature checks and provision of accurate information on preventive measures at airports. In Nigeria, the Port Health Services of the Federal Ministry of Health has heightened screening measures at points of entry. In addition to automated temperature screening at points of entry, travelers are given a contact form to fill and asked questions upon arrival about symptoms of illness and travel history.

Travelers to Nigeria

• Travelers without symptoms on departure but become unwell in transit are advised to self-report to the Port Health Services on arrival
• Travelers from countries with ongoing local transmission*, but who show no symptoms on arrival should self-isolate at home for 14 days after arrival
• If travelers from countries with ongoing local transmission* feel ill with fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days of arrival in Nigeria, please:
• Observe self-isolation immediately by staying indoors and avoiding contact with people
• Call the NCDC 24/7 toll-free line IMMEDIATELY on 080097000010
• Avoid self-medication

Travelers to China and other affected countries
• We strongly advise that all non-essential travel to countries with ongoing local transmission* should be postponed, until the outbreak is contained
• Travelers from Nigeria to China and other affected countries are advised to avoid contact with sick people.

ADVICE FOR HEALTH WORKERS

All health workers are advised to maintain a high index of suspicion for COVID-19. Health officials are advised to call 07032864444 for sample transportation and related advice if you have a case that fits the national case definition.

ADVICE FOR SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES

The current situation in the country does not warrant a shutdown of daily activities. If there is sustained community transmission in Nigeria, various additional measures may be instituted. For now;

• Schools are advised to circulate NCDC’s public health advisory and related materials on COVID-19 to all staff, students and parents
• Businesses are advised to circulate NCDC’s public health advisory and related materials on COVID-19 to all employees, clients and visitors
• Encourage sick employees and students to stay at home if they are unwell.
• Ensure routine cleaning of high contact areas such as toilets, door handles, telephones etc.
• Provide facilities and emphasise the importance of hand washing
*Countries with widespread community transmission as at 13th March, 2020: China, Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, Spain, France and Germany.

ABOUT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19)

COVID-19 appears to cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty breathing. From current evidence about 98 persons out of 100 persons with the disease will recover. In about 10- 15% of cases, it will cause a severe illness. It appears that death is not a common outcome and occurs mostly in elderly patients with underlying health issues.

Currently, four laboratories in Nigeria can diagnose COVID-19. In addition to the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, this includes the Virology Laboratory of Lagos University Teaching Hospital; Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital and African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Ede, Osun State.

There is no specific treatment yet for COVID-19. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. Therefore, treatment is based on the patient’s clinical condition. Supportive care for infected persons can be highly effective.

http://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/advisory.html

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Mosthandsomeboy(m): 7:53pm On Mar 17
May God help us oh,make this Corona no come deadly pass Ebola...

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Cuntface: 7:54pm On Mar 17
When most Nigerian doctors are on strike and our border is as open as retired porn star's kitten

If not God, there's no way anyone will survive the disaster in this country. We have one of the most useless set of leaders in the world.

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Privatepart00: 7:54pm On Mar 17
Scary

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Dunsin2020(m): 7:54pm On Mar 17
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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by ismail64(m): 7:54pm On Mar 17
Commendable

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by CornOak: 7:54pm On Mar 17
Quite informative. smiley

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Privatepart00: 7:54pm On Mar 17
We are on front seat for today
Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by medTechworld(f): 7:54pm On Mar 17
uhmm
Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by thundafire: 7:55pm On Mar 17
Stop flights from countries yet,we are forming here

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by fairfora: 7:55pm On Mar 17
Good. But our govt must as a matter of urgency shut down airports behind foreigners immediately.

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by ddippset(m): 7:56pm On Mar 17
Covid 19.

I hope this myth about the virus not surviving in hot weather conditions is true!

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by mrZENographer: 7:56pm On Mar 17
These people want to let in alot of Coronavirus victims before declaring a lockdown.
Exactly what USA and Italy did. Italy has the highest case in Europe currently.

Where will you spend your eternity?
This is the generation of the Rapture/Coming of Jesus Christ.
PREPARE. HOLINESS (Heb12:14)

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by tstx(m): 7:57pm On Mar 17
Close our borders you morons

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by sexylassie2(f): 7:57pm On Mar 17
So they can't close down Nigeria because we do not produce essential things for our survival.

Business men and women have to travel to China and other countries to source for raw materials to produce here in Nigeria and also essential finished goods we need.

If they close down Nigeria, many people will starve and companies might go bankrupt and people will be out of jobs.

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Reussite: 7:58pm On Mar 17
No sensible government opens their border at a time like this.

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Roon9(m): 7:59pm On Mar 17
Hmm
Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by emror4u: 7:59pm On Mar 17
Can you just imagine this hopeless government, test includes Temperature checks!!!, Like seriously?? So that's the only test they run... My God!!!! shocked angry shocked angry


Can't they just shut the damned borders for goodness sake

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by fatymore(f): 7:59pm On Mar 17
The end is here.

Bird box

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Inspectorsuga22(m): 8:00pm On Mar 17
Dis one wey bubu never wan travel...hmm

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by babyfaceafrica: 8:00pm On Mar 17
Mosthandsomeboy:
May God help us oh,make this Corona no come deadly pass Ebola...
it is not as deadly has ebola yet.. It just does not have cure
Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Richdad50(m): 8:03pm On Mar 17
shocked
Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by deedy111: 8:03pm On Mar 17
F
Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by VeeVeeMyLuv(m): 8:03pm On Mar 17
COVID GO AWAY

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by sexylassie2(f): 8:03pm On Mar 17
Reussite:
No sensible government opens their border at a time like this.


If they close down border, how are you going to survive, many essential things for our survival are imported

If they close down border, companies can go bankrupt and workers laid off

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by xynerise(m): 8:04pm On Mar 17
Other countries show the faces of those with the virus but Nigeria doesn't. We only see tweet

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by olaboy33(m): 8:04pm On Mar 17
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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Sunnick(m): 8:04pm On Mar 17
I don't it. U let dem into the country then tell dem to go home and self isolated themselves for 14 days. Is this the best our govt can do.

This na plan to fail. Make I go stock up. Corona our govt are welcoming u with open hands

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by xynerise(m): 8:04pm On Mar 17
sexylassie2:



If they close down border, how are you going to survive, many essential things for our survival are imported

If they close down border, companies can go bankrupt and workers laid off
If they open border we will still go bankrupt and die

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Nobody: 8:05pm On Mar 17
And our borders are still wide open. So much for a country that has failed to be proactive. I hope with this height of negligence, we're very prepared to handle a ravaging epidemic which at this stage is more or less inevitable undecided

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by FARA4GA: 8:05pm On Mar 17

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJDTKNtRIm8

African Virology Professor breaks down coronavirus; prevention, transmission, etc.

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Re: Public Health Advisory To Nigerians On Coronavirus Disease by Sweetcollins: 8:06pm On Mar 17
Buhari will not hear kpim
He is chronically deaf to good advice
Save yourself, it's survival of the fittest

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