The Honorable Minister of Health in Nigeria has announced the first confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria.
It was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, and is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in china in January 2020.
According to the press released signed by the Honorable Minister the case was an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. The press release further noted that he was confirmed by the virology laboratory of the Lagos university teaching hospital, part of the laboratory network of the Nigeria centre for disease control.
It was also said that the patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the infectious disease hospital in Yaba, Lagos Nigeria.
Nigerians are advised to please take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their families from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), by following the precautions below
Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, and use alcohol based sanitizer
Make sure to Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Maintain at least 1.5meters (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Person with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home and avoid mixing with the crowd
According to the press released if anyone feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing the person should call the Nigeria center for disease control (NCDC) toll free, which is available day and night, for guidance: 0800 970 00010.
Do not engage in self medication please be warned.
Samuel Aluh received his Bachelor of Science degree from Osun State University Osogbo Osun State (UNIOSUN). He is presently undergoing a postgraduate study in Public health and Parasitology at the University of Nigeria. He also has professional certification in project management as well as in health safety and environment.
He is a young, vibrant and intelligent individual with a great passion for public health, Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs) and infectious disease.