We are taking precautions, no case of Coronavirus in Nigeria – NCDC
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has asked Nigerians to disregard and discourage rumours of the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
The agency in a statement on Sunday clarified the case of a Chinese man who returned to Nigeria from China last week, saying he had only gone for a routine medical checkup as requested by his employers. The checkup showed that he had no symptoms of the sickness.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is aware of ongoing rumours of the importation of the Coronavirus to Nigeria. The individual returned from China last week and went for a routine medical check as requested by his employers. He showed no symptoms of illness and has not been diagnosed with the novel Coronavirus”.
“NCDC has agreed on a national case definition to identify suspected cases and established a laboratory testing platform to test samples from patients that meet this case definition,” the statement read in part.
It stated that measures are in place to establish a laboratory-testing platform to test samples gotten from patients that show signs of infection and urged Nigerians to take necessary precautions and ensure that they study the public health advisory on Coronavirus epidemic in Nigeria.
“We urge members of the public to disregard rumours and discourage further spread. NCDC, Port Health Service and State Epidemiologists are aware of the process for a case to ensure that Nigerians are safe”.