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CORONAVIRUS: How Italian imported illness into Nigeria

By Sola Ogundipe
In a close to replay of the July 20, 2014 Ebola Virus Disease episode when Liberian Patrick Sawyer the Ebola virus into the nation undetected via the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, an nationwide has the COVID-19 virus into the nation via the identical airport on February 25th 2020.
The Federal Ministry of Health and the Lagos State Ministry of Health had, in early hours of Friday February 28th, confirmed the case in Lagos. It is the primary case of COVID-19 to be reported in and in sub-Sahara Africa and the third in Africa after Egypt and Algeria for the reason that outbreak occurred in China in December 2019.
Lagos state Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, informed reporters throughout an emergency press briefing in Lagos on Friday, that the index case – a advisor with Larfarge Cement Company, Ewekoro, Ogun State – got here into on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a short enterprise go to.
According to Abayomi, the affected person, a traveller, initiated his journey from Milan, Italy, on Monday, 24th February, transited via Istanbul on-board a Turkish Airline plane and arrived Lagos on Tuesday night time, spent the night time in an lodge close to the airport and on Tuesday morning, he moved on to his enterprise in Ogun State, a company entity.
“He carried out his enterprise inside Ogun State throughout the confines of the corporate. And on Wednesday he spent the night time of their lodging, a visitor home. By the afternoon, he began to develop signs of excessive fever and physique pains. He introduced via the corporate medical facility, the place investigation started. He gave a historical past of his origin of Italy, the place we all know there’s a younger outbreak.”
Abayomi stated it was astute of the medical personnel to maintain him over night time in an remoted surroundings.
“They contacted us on the biosecurity unit in Lagos for help and we instantly requested them to switch the case to Lagos. He was dropped at our excessive containment facility in Yaba on Thursday morning. Immediately, he arrived, he was put in strict isolation and applicable assessments have been ordered.
Lagos responds promptly, begins contact tracing – Prof Akin Abayomi
“Within hours we obtained alerts that the take a look at within the laboratory was exhibiting indicators of positivity. At that time, we knowledgeable the Federal Minister of Health, the incident commander within the state, Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Minister knowledgeable greater authorities in Abuja.
Noting that it was self vital at the moment to place collectively info for the general public, Abayomi acknowledged that the affected person stays in strict isolation on the containment facility in Yaba and was doing effectively with supportive remedy.
In response to the event, the Lagos state authorities instantly began tracing individuals which may have had contact with the index case from the airport via Lagos to Ogun State.
According to Abayomi, it’s to be able to begin the isolation and containment of train that can break the cycle of transmission of the .
He stated Lagos has set in movement efforts to increase its isolation capability.
“The vital factor to know is that the affected person is confined and we have now began to establish his contacts all the way in which to the airline. That course of began about 3.00am this morning. We wish to guarantee all people that we’re on this case to make sure that we will establish all people that he will need to have come into contact with.
“His signs are subsiding and he doesn’t have indicators of respiratory which is an efficient factor, however he does have fever and physique pains. If he had respiratory sickness it’s in all probability like that he could also be extra contagious than he’s in the intervening time.
“At our infectious facility, we have now ramped up capability to isolate suspected circumstances. We at the moment are sitting on an about 80-bed isolation facility due to the emergency funds which have been launched by the incident commander. We want extra capability in case we have now an elevated variety of circumstances in Lagos.”
Abayomi stated Lagos has a really aggressive public consciousness marketing campaign occurring and has engaged in in depth coaching throughout the hierarchy of well being professionals in Lagos.
“In addition we’re constructing capability to diagnose in Lagos and proper now we will run the take a look at in two centres in Lagos, one is within the biosecurity facility and the opposite on the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH. We are in fixed contact with the centre for Diseases Control, NCDC, and Minister of Health in Abuja.”
Why the index case was not picked up on the airport – Dr Osagie Ehanire
Officials of the Port well being providers on floor on the airport have been unable to detect that the was carrying the virus as a result of he manifested no signs. The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, defined that it was not a failure of screening. At an emergency press briefing in Abuja on Friday morning, he informed journalists that the majority people who find themselves contaminated with the , could expertise solely gentle sickness and get well simply.
“It just isn’t a failure of screening as a result of signs could not manifest throughout the first a number of days, so the person who is contaminated could not present any indicators in any respect throughout the first few days or 5 days after which the signs start. So if that particular person has traveled inside that window, that particular person will get via wherever and will not be observed.
According to Ehanire: “ The went via the screening with out signs and by the point he obtained to his home, I feel a day or two after, he began to really feel unwell and properly sufficient he went to a hospital and there the docs examined him and I imagine they discovered that malaria was destructive they usually knew his journey historical past they usually instantly referred him for a take a look at in Lagos at LUTH testing centre and there it was found that he was constructive for and instantly put beneath isolation. In truth he has been placed on isolation from the referral hospital in a particular ambulance.
“As a matter of truth we have to commend the hospital for pondering forward, not losing time and taking needed measures and commend Lagos state authorities for responding very appropriately. There was free pondering on the facet of the hospital and on the facet of the driving force to move him beneath these particular situations to the Federal infectious illness hospital in Lagos. He has instantly been put beneath very strict isolation, receiving remedy and the data I’ve this very morning is that he’s steady.
“The signs for individuals won’t be equally extreme. And in actual fact there are speculations that as much as 80 % of people that get the coronavirus an infection could present solely gentle signs or none and 20 % will get very extreme signs however all that is nonetheless beneath investigation. As we all know this novel coronavirus even whether it is new, it’s behaviour just isn’t very clear and there’s a fast move of data arising about it which is simply starting to enlighten the general public. The scientists are working very arduous to know extra about it”.
How the contacts are being traced, neighborhood an infection doable
On tracing of the contacts, Ehanire stated; “We are taking a look at all these individuals whom this man has been in contact with backwards from the day he was admitted. The first level of name every time anyone enters the nation is the Port Health providers.
The Port Health providers shall be working with the airline to get the passengers manifest and discover out the place this gentleman was, and in addition the place he sat and in addition those that sat round him and arrange a monitoring system for all passengers and the crew members of that exact flight to be able to get info to watch their state of well being throughout the subsequent 14 days.
And additional questioning of the gentleman may also divulge to us the place he was and all of the locations he went. All we all know now’s that he got here from Milan the place he was earlier than’ it doesn’t appear that he ever was in China. So he could have acquired it as a type of neighborhood an infection from his personal nation.”
Why each traveler into Nigeria just isn’t quarantined
Speaking on the difficulty of quarantining of vacationers, Ehanire recalled that the World Health Organisation, WHO, has suggested all international locations that there isn’t any must put each single traveler into quarantine.
“There are another international locations who select to do in a different way however we observe the rules of the WHO which say that display screen all individuals who’re coming into your nation, examine their journey historical past, if they’re coming from a rustic that has a excessive price of coronavirus, invite them for additional questioning, give them a telephone quantity to name and take their telephone quantity and advise them within the curiosity of their very own households and associates to remain in self isolation for 14 days and report any signs instantly.
“Not solely that, if you don’t name, we name you and learn the way you might be and in case you have any suspicious signs we ship an ambulance to get you. Our focus is on the multifunctional worldwide airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano. Enugu Airport has been closed and I perceive it will likely be opened very quickly however we’re additionally making ready for that risk.
We are consistently taking a look at the place there are weaknesses – Ehanire
According to the Minister, the extent of preparedness continues to enhance in Nigeria each day. “Training is occurring, the people who we name the port well being staff are receiving coaching, they’re visited by the NCDC to proceed to sharpen their abilities, preparedness, and data. We are consistently taking a look at the place there are weaknesses. Even the varieties the passengers fill after they arrive we proceed upgrading, instantly we uncover that there’s a hole some the place we improve it and restore the gaps which can be in there. So every little thing is been executed to enhance preparedness and enhance capacity to reply quickly.
On declaration of an outbreak
An outbreak can typically be declared very formally which we’re doing now – declaring that it has entered our nation and assuring the general public that every one measures are been taken to manage this outbreak. Because it occurred in Lagos, Lagos state Commissioner is the primary that we’re in contact with and we have now been speaking to all via final night time until very late final night time so far as 2.00am -3.00am we have been in contact and early this morning we have now been in contact.
Covid 19 : FAAN, Port Health intensify screening at Lagos airport
By Lawani Mikairu
Following the affirmation by Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi yesterday of an index case of COVID -19, an Italian advisor with Larfarge Cement Company, Ewekoro, Ogun State in Lagos, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN and Nigeria Port Health Services have intensified the screening of passengers coming into the nation via the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
This is simply as the 2 businesses are making frantic efforts to get particulars on the index affected person, Italian citizen, who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a short enterprise go to. The affected person, a traveler who “ began his journey from Milan on Monday, 24th, transmitted via Istanbul on board a Turkish Airline and arrived in Lagos on Tuesday night time, and spent the night time in an lodge close to the Lagos airport”.
Speaking in regards to the growth, Regional Manager, Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Mrs Victoria Shinaba stated screening had been strengthened on the airport to detect any case of the Coronavirus an infection. She additionally stated efforts are on to determine how the Italian underwent screening procedures on the Lagos Airport from the place he entered the nation.
According to Shinaba, “all screening services, thermal physique and infrared scanners had since been deployed for the reason that outbreak of the covid19 for the screening of each inbound and outbound passengers”. She additional famous that FAAN was working with the related Port Health Unit personnel and different stakeholders nationwide on the containment measures.
The Regional Manager added that “the authority was on prime of the scenario because it had escalated containment measures at airports nationwide”. She stated all “involved stakeholders; well being officers, airways and different secondary companions have been all on crimson alert on the brand new growth”.
She due to this fact urged air travellers and most of the people to acquaint themselves with the Ministry of Aviation, well being updates on prevention, info posted at strategic areas on the airport as effectively their jingle on the virus for prevention functions.
COVID-19: We’ve began tracing contacts of confirmed case – FG
*Intensifies efforts to include unfold, dispatches fast response workforce to Lagos
*Releases N620m to NCDC, N71m to port well being providers to handle outbreak, boosts surveillance
*Reported case not an indication of failure, says NCDC
By Luminous Jannamike
The Federal Government on Friday stated it has commenced tracing the contacts of the primary confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the nation.
This is whilst a Rapid Response Team, RRT, from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has been deployed to help the efforts of the Lagos State Government in monitoring the well being of people who travelled with the affected person with a view to stopping additional unfold.
Earlier, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, introduced that an Italian citizen who travelled to Lagos from Milan, had examined constructive to COVID-19, thereby making historical past as the primary confirmed case of the illness in sub-Saharan Africa.
However, in a follow-up press briefing on Friday in Abuja, Ehanire assured Nigerians that the federal government was on prime of the scenario.
He stated, “I’m assuring Nigerians that every one measures have been taken to include and management the unfold of the virus. It occurred in Lagos, the state Commissioner was the primary we have been in contact with.
“I do know the aptitude of Lagos State, the state has a whole lot of expertise on Ebola so they’ll have the ability to deal with the case. Also, we have now despatched a workforce from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to help the state.
“The aid is that the affected person just isn’t exhibiting very critical signs and different aid is that so far as statistics have proven, 97 per cent of the circumstances which have COVID-19 do get well.
“The horrible factor about it’s that it spreads simply and folks can get it with out figuring out,’’ he stated.
The Minister blamed the reported case on the character of the virus which can not current signs at that interval of screening, stressing that it was not a results of failure of surveillance on the airports.
Ehanire hailed the Lagos State Government for its swift response because the affected person was rapidly referred to reference laboratory beneath managed transportation with a completely kitted driver.
He additionally revealed that the Federal Government had launched N620 million to NCDC for containment of the virus and N71 million to port well being service to amplify surveillance and screening.
“We are doing every little thing doable to stop the unfold as a result of we didn’t have the scope of the virus as reported by scientists.
“We have been making ready arduous and dealing with World Health Organisation (WHO) and the company has warned that every one international locations ought to brace up on stage of preparedness.
“The authorities will observe the WHO guideline of screening on the airport, isolation and questioning these with journey historical past to international locations with outbreak,’’ The Minister stated.
He, due to this fact, suggested all Nigerians to care for their well being and preserve hand and respiratory hygiene to guard themselves and others, together with their very own households.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, urged Nigerians to not panic over the confirmed case of COVID-19, saying it’s not an indication of failure.
“We are coping with a brand new virus. There are 47 international locations which have reported at the least one case.
“A case just isn’t an indication of failure. NCDC was arrange for conditions like this we’re working continuous with related state governments. Please keep away from rumours and panic,” he stated.
Coronavirus: PDP blames Buhari’s negligence
…Seeks adoption of Ebola intervention technique
By Dirisu Yakubu
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has blamed the coronavirus incidence case in Lagos, Nigeria for what it known as the negligence and laid-back perspective to governance and the welfare of Nigerians by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities.
This is even because the {party} stated it was evident that the Buhari Presidency, “not being alive to its duties, as common, took no concrete steps to hedge our nation in opposition to the virus, resulting in the present scary scenario.”
In an announcement issued by the {party}’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan yesterday, the PDP famous that “a responsive and proactive authorities would have mobilized efficient surveillance and screening measures to keep off the menace, significantly at our entry factors, however the incompetent, insensitive and detached Buhari administration, was extra fascinated with propaganda and pointless show-boating with false efficiency claims.”
The assertion continued: “The {party} additionally recalled that the Buhari administration had executed nothing to help Nigerian residents stranded in China regardless of their pleas, simply the identical approach it deserted our compatriots who have been being murdered within the warmth of xenophobic assaults in South Africa.
“The PDP stated Nigerians ought to straight maintain the Buhari Presidency accountable ought to any nationwide calamity come up from COVID-19 along with the financial and safety challenges its negligence had prompted our nation.
“Due to the negligence and incompetence of the Buhari administration, Nigerians can now not transfer freely throughout their nation for worry of insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and now corona virus.
“Indeed, the Buhari authorities is a large misfortune to our nation. This newest management failure additional validates widespread requires it to step apart for extra competent fingers to handle the affairs of our nation.
“The PDP due to this fact calls on Nigerians to not despair however fire up the Nigerian resilient spirit for an pressing, multi sectoral concerted effort by businesses, teams, company entities and public-spirited people to instantly curb the illness earlier than it spreads, significantly given the prevalent safety, financial and humanitarian challenges within the nation.
Coronavirus: Atiku harps on unity, nationwide resolve
By Dirisu Yakubu
Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has known as for togetherness and concerted effort to deal with the menace occasioned by the doorway of the dreaded Coronavirus into the nation.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate within the 2019 election in a personally signed assertion made accessible to journalists yesterday known as on the federal authorities to be taught from the technique adopted to fight Ebola a couple of years in the past.
The assertion learn: “We should name upon our expertise with the wild Ebola virus, of which we have been the primary nation on this planet to defeat that scourge in 2014. How did Nigeria do it?
“We achieved it by exhibiting unprecedented unity. The federal authorities of the day, labored intently with the Lagos and Rivers state governments. There was full unity, solidarity and oneness of objective, which created the environment that defeated that lethal infestation.
“I strongly counsel that any tendency guilty and level fingers have to be quickly, if not completely, suspended. If fingers have to be pointed, it have to be to options.
“Nigeria wants agency and decisive actions to stop an escalation of the scourge. Recently, we closed our borders as an act in opposition to financial sabotage. Perhaps now’s the time to quickly halt flights to and from any nation with a prevalence of this scourge. It is extra vital to safe human lives, than to safe an economic system. We additionally must spend money on early detection services at our airports.
“But above all, Nigeria should not panic, whether or not at authorities or particular person ranges. We have defeated Ebola earlier than and we will defeat this current predicament.
“This disaster is a chance to indicate that we’re at first Nigerians, and that we have now no different nation however our personal expensive fatherland, which we should work collectively to maintain wholesome and safe.”
How we’re dealing with coronavirus outbreak—FG
By Emmanuel Elebeke
Following the primary confirmed case of Coronavirus in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture says it’s intensifying its public sensitization and enlightenment marketing campaign on the illness.
The Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who introduced this in an announcement on Friday, defined that Media businesses beneath the ministry just like the NTA, FRCN, NAN, VON and NOA, have been directed to accentuate their ongoing sensitization and enlightenment marketing campaign to arm Nigerians with the required info to remain effectively.
“With Coronavirus now in Nigeria, following the primary confirmed case, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is intensifying its public sensitization and enlightenment marketing campaign on the illness.
The saying, ‘’info is energy is most apt presently’’.
“The measures being taken by the businesses embody
– Jingles on radio and tv – Up-to-date studies on the efforts being made by Nigerian well being authorities to make sure correct screening on the nation’s gateways and in addition deal with doable circumstances – Continued airing of documentaries on the illness by the NTA SMS sensitization messages being despatched to Nigerians by the News Agency of Nigeria
“The National Orientation Agency (NOA), with its huge attain (places of work in all of the 774 native governments), is pushing the varied sensitization/enlightenment programmes to all of the nooks and crannies of the nation, translating the marketing campaign to the main indigenous languages to increase their attain
– Features on the illness (prevention, remedy, and so forth.) are being written and disseminated.”
He appealed to all Nigerians to not panic, because the Government is well-equipped to detect and deal with any doable case or circumstances, and urged Nigerians to not fall for the antics of purveyors of fakes information and disinformation
“We know that at instances like this, purveyors of pretend information and disinformation normally ramp up their acts. We are due to this fact urging Nigerians to not fall for the antics of purveyors of fakes information and disinformation
“Fortunately, Facebook is working with us on this regard. They have requested Nigerians to report any false or deceptive report on Facebook and Instagram pages to allow them to instantly convey them down.
“They have additionally assured us that they’re taking preemptive motion to take away any false or dangerous messages about this epidemic and public well being in Nigeria 24/7.
“All that Nigerians are required to do is to flag any false or deceptive report on the epidemic and Facebook will take away any such report,” he added.
…Health Workers On The Trail Of Victim’s Contacts
How Lagos Govt Diagnosed Patient
Lagos State Government has raised its stage of response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) incident, following a reported case of a affected person identified with the infectious viral illness within the State within the early hours of Friday. This is coming, simply because the Chief Incident Commander and the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, allayed fears of residents on unfold of the virus.
The Governor additionally provided extra info on how the affected person was recognized and efforts at the moment being made to stop the unfold of the virus.
The affected person, Sanwo-Olu stated, is an Ogun State-based expatriate who flew into Lagos from Milan in Italy by way of Istanbul, Turkey final Monday night. The Governor stated the affected person, whose title was not disclosed, remained in steady situation on the bio-security facility in Yaba, Lagos Mainland, the place he’s being remoted.
It was gathered that the affected person, though, examined constructive to COVID-19 virus, is but to indicate any respiratory signs at press time. He complained of fever and physique ache, which prompted his switch from Ogun State to Lagos for superior medical investigation.
Sanwo-Olu stated numerous individuals, who had bodily contact with the affected person earlier than the virus was identified, are being traced, whereas others are at the moment being examined for doable signs.
The Governor shared these particulars throughout a primary press convention held on Friday on the State House in Marina to transient the general public on the matter. Top State officers on the convention included Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Gbolahan Lawal, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji and Director General of Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola.
Sanwo-Olu stated there must be no trigger for panic amongst Nigerians over the reported COVID-19 incident, stressing that measures had been set in movement by the State and Federal governments to include the unfold of the virus throughout the nation. He significantly allayed the worry of Lagos residents, saying the 2 bio-security services within the State had the aptitude to include the virus.
He stated: “At 10pm on Thursday, I obtained a name from the Commissioner of Health, who reported doable identification of affected person with coronavirus in Ogun State. Immediately, we triggered all ranges of bio-security responses and containment services. After sequence of laboratory examination, the affected person was confirmed to have examined constructive to the virus in early hours of right now (Friday) and we instantly alerted the federal authorities, together with the President and all people who must be conscious. We are in fixed contact with the corporate the place the affected person was engaged. The administration and personnel of the corporate have been cooperative.
“Health staff and emergency officers are on the sphere to trace all individuals that had bodily contacts and interplay with the affected person. Our bio-security services have been fortified to proceed any type of take a look at and include every other potential case. We are in fixed contact with the Federal Ministry of Health to harmonise our response to the incident. For us in Lagos, we’re doing something that must be executed. The affected person is steady and each well being intervention required is at the moment being given to him.”
On how the affected person scaled via well being screening on the Lagos airport with out being detected, Sanwo-Olu stated investigation confirmed the virus didn’t manifest within the affected person on the time he handed via the airport. The incident, he stated, prompted the Government to instantly set off superior end-to-end screening for passengers flying into Nigeria, particularly from high-risk international locations.
The Governor stated there wouldn’t be prohibition of public gatherings and common actions in Lagos regardless of the identified case of COVID-19, stating that such measure could give rise to unnecessary panic among the many basic public. He stated the situation of the affected person was not “extremely contagious” in the intervening time, including that the State would solely ban out of doors gatherings within the case of escalation in person-to-person transmission of the virus.
He stated: “It is just when there’s a excessive stage of escalation that the general public may be panicky and that is after we realise that it’s attending to person-to-person transmission. As we have now stated, this remoted case has been contained proper from the hospital the place he was first admitted and the guesthouse he slept after his arrival in Nigeria. It is when there’s a person-to-person an infection that we will set off one other stage of isolation and curtail public occasions the place giant variety of individuals can collect. I don’t suppose we have now gotten to that stage but.”
Sanwo-Olu additionally cleared the air on why the affected person was transferred to Lagos after the incident was reported in Ogun State, saying the Federal Government solely established testing centres to stop to coronavirus in States which have worldwide airports. Lagos, the Governor stated, is the one State within the Southwest that has testing centres. He stated the State was additionally thought of based mostly on its refined bio-security services, which have been established through the outbreak of Ebola virus.
Prof. Abayomi defined how the analysis was carried out, following the affected person’s grievance of fever and physique ache. He stated the affected person began to indicate indicators of sickness on Wednesday afternoon, after which he was introduced on the Ogun State-based agency’s hospital the place investigation started.
He stated: “Investigation started on the hospital after the affected person gave historical past of his journey to Nigeria. The medical personnel on the firm’s hospital stored the affected person in isolation in a single day and contacted us on the bio-security in Lagos for help. We instantly requested them to switch the case to Lagos. The affected person was dropped at our high-containment in Yaba on Thursday morning.
“Immediately the affected person arrived, he was put in correct isolation and applicable assessments have been carried out on him. Within hours, we obtained alerts that the laboratory assessments have been exhibiting indicators of positivity. At that time, we knowledgeable the Federal Minister of Health and Governor Sanwo-Olu, who’s the Chief Incident Commander in Lagos.”
The Health Commissioner stated the affected person was responding effectively beneath a supportive remedy, saying efforts have been on to establish all individuals that had bodily contact with the affected person to interrupt the cycle of transmission.
He disclosed that the State remained ready to include potential unfold of the virus, observing that Lagos had wrapped up the capability of its containment facility to 80-bed on account of the emergency funds launched by the Governor.
Prof. Abayomi stated extra capabilities have been being put in place by the State to cope with enhance variety of circumstances. He stated aggressive public consciousness marketing campaign was occurring to sensitise residents on hygiene and actions that may forestall the unfold of virus.
Detection course of took lower than 2 hours —Investigation
By Chioma Obinna
Sources on the Lagos University Teaching Hospital , LUTH, the place the Coronavirus index case was identified stated that the detection course of resulting in the affirmation of the case took lower than two hours.
A supply from the Molecular Laboratory at LUTH who spoke to Saturday Vanguard stated the 2 hours have been for each extraction of the Ribonucleic Acid , RNA, and detection utilizing Real Time, Polymerase Chain Reaction, PCR.
The supply additionally hinted that the Real Time PCR was established by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, with each inner controls and constructive controls that was assayed together with the pattern.
“The assay had been arrange and earlier examined with panels of samples for the optimization of the testing platform for weeks prior to now.
“The Laboratory personnels had additionally been adequately skilled on the RT-PCR platform for such detection.”
On remedy, the sources informed Saturday Vanguard that there’s the likelihood antiretroviral medicine and probably chloroquine could be used as it’s being utilized in different international locations experiencing identical outbreak.
The supply famous that different palliative care and help may also be used to alleviate signs.
Coronavirus: NCDC deploys response workforce to Lagos
As WHO says no nation ought to assume it received’t get circumstances
By Chioma Obinna
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has deployed its Rapid Response Teams to help the Lagos State Government, as Nigeria data first case of the Coronavirus (COVID19).
The Federal Ministry of Health had in early hour of Friday morning confirmed a case of coronavirus (Covid-19) case in Lagos.
The case was the primary to be reported in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa for the reason that outbreak of the virus in China.
Disclosing this in a tweet @NCDCgov, the Director General of the Centre, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, stated that the centre, being proactive had earlier arrange @NCDCgov to work 24 hours to make sure that the nation is on prime of the scenario.
“We are coping with a brand new virus. There are 47 international locations which have reported at the least 1 case
“A case just isn’t an indication of failure. Our @NCDCgov. was arrange for conditions like this. We are working 24/7 with the related state governments”
He warned Nigerians to keep away from rumours and panic.
No nation ought to assume it received’t get circumstances— WHO
Meanwhile the WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has disclosed that as of 6 am Geneva time Friday, China had reported a complete of 78,630 circumstances of COVID-19 to WHO, together with 27,47 deaths whilst he warned that no nation ought to assume it received’t get circumstances.
Speaking throughout one of many digital press briefings “Outside China, the Director General stated there at the moment are 3474 circumstances in 44 international locations, and 54 deaths. We are at a decisive level.”
He added that for the previous two days, the variety of new circumstances reported in the remainder of the world has exceeded the variety of new circumstances in China.
“And up to now 24 hours, seven international locations have reported circumstances for the primary time: Brazil, Georgia, Greece, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan and Romania.”
He suggested international locations affected that they need to see it as their window of alternative, including that in the event that they act aggressively now, they’ll include the unfold of the virus.
“You can forestall individuals getting sick. You can save lives. So my recommendation to those international locations is to maneuver swiftly.
“The epidemics within the Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea show what this virus is able to. But this virus just isn’t influenza. With the suitable measures, it may be contained. That is likely one of the key messages from China.”
“In Guangdong, scientists examined greater than 320,000 samples from the neighborhood and solely 0.14 % examined constructive for COVID-19. That means that containment is feasible.
“No nation ought to assume it received’t get circumstances. That might be a deadly mistake, fairly actually. This virus doesn’t respect borders. It doesn’t distinguish between races or ethnicities. It has no regard for a rustic’s GDP or stage of growth.
“The level just isn’t solely to stop circumstances arriving in your shores. The level is what you do when you may have circumstances.”
He, nevertheless, acknowledged that they don’t seem to be hopeless and defenseless as a result of there are issues each nation and each particular person can do.
He challenged international locations to be able to detect circumstances early, to isolate sufferers, hint contacts, present high quality scientific care, forestall hospital outbreaks, and forestall neighborhood transmission.
He disclosed that the virus was not normally a runny nostril however in 90 % of circumstances it’s a fever and in 70 % of circumstances a dry cough.
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“We’ve shipped testing kits to 57 international locations and private protecting tools to 85 international locations who want it. We have skilled greater than 80,000 well being staff via our on-line programs, in a number of languages. We’ve issued operational pointers, with concrete actions international locations can soak up eight key areas to stop, detect and handle circumstances.
He warned that worry and panic doesn’t assist, an important factor is to settle down and do the suitable issues to combat this very harmful virus.
Ogun cordons off Lafarge services in Ewekoro
By James Ogunnaike
Ogun State authorities on Friday confirmed the outbreak of Coronavirus within the state, saying that it has shut down services of Lafarge Cement Company in Ewekoro, Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state, the place the person had contact with.
About 28 members of the workers of the corporate who had contact with the confirmed case have been quarantined.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who disclosed this to journalists at a press convention in Abeokuta, stated that the shutting down of Lafarge Cement services in Ewekoro turned crucial as a result of the Italian nationwide confirmed to have the virus into Nigeria occurred to be a advisor with the corporate.
Coker defined that the Italian nationwide arrived the state and visited the Lafarge services on Tuesday, however developed physique ache on Wednesday morning, thereby necessitating his being admitted on the firm’s healthcare heart in Ewekoro.
She added that the person was transferred to Lagos the place he was identified with the virus.
She stated: “In the final 12 hours, the primary case of coronavirus has been recognized in Nigeria and the person was visiting Ogun State. The stated particular person is of Italian origin, a advisor to the Lafarge Cement Factory in Ewekoro” .
“He arrived in Nigeria on Monday, 24 of February about 9pm. Before arriving in Ogun State, he had made contact with three individuals, spent the night time in Lagos State and arrived Ewekoro on Tuesday morning in Ogun State. He stayed at a visitor home and at about 4-5pm on Wednesday, he developed physique ache and fever”.
“The workers clinic of Lafarge was very delicate to the case, they responded speedily and contacted Lagos, they’d a excessive index of suspicion and as soon as they contacted Lagos, the protocol kicked in and the person was transferred to Lagos in a closed ambulance in response to protocol”.
“He was transferred to the infectious illness centre in Yaba, Lagos the place assessments have been ran and a particular affirmation got here out earlier this morning therefore, the press launch nationally and from Lagos”.
“However, my colleague, the Commissioner for Health in Lagos contacted me very early this morning to alert us in regards to the scenario”, Coker stated.
“My message to the individuals of Ogun State is, there isn’t any trigger for alarm. They are itemizing each contact that this particular person has had which suggests we’re going to telephone them, get in contact with them, get their telephone numbers, quarantine them and monitor their temperature for 2 weeks”.
“Individually, we have now to be liable for our well being. Every single one in all us has to have good respiratory hygiene which implies that if we have now a cough or we have now a chilly we have now to cowl our mouths with tussles or handkerchiefs and dispose them responsibly. Don’t go away them on surfaces as a result of the virus might nonetheless be in these issues, use them and dispose them instantly, don’t put them again in your pockets”.
“We additionally should make it possible for we wash our fingers commonly with flowing water, not in a bowl. Soap and water are one of the infective methods to keep away from transmission. And we have now to make use of alcohol based mostly sanitisers”.
She added, “Should there be anybody in your neighborhood that has a chilly or cough, I’m imploring these individuals to avail themselves to the first well being care centres nearest to them, please don’t go to a non-public hospital or a herbalist or use conventional drugs. This just isn’t the time to start out utilizing various medicines as a result of after we use various medicines, we’re delaying analysis and the well being that’s at hand”.
“So should you really feel unwell, we have now over 521 main healthcare centres in Ogun State, there may be at the least one in every ward. There are enough authorities hospitals doted across the State”.
However, the Commissioner affirmed that the State via the Ministry of Health has put measures in place to make sure the outbreak within the state is managed and contained rapidly.
She gave out Coronavirus emergency hotline numbers to be contacted in case of manifest signs to incorporate 08188978393, 08188978392.
It was gathered {that a} man, who recognized himself as an Uber operator in Lagos picked the Italian from the airport when he arrived the nation took him to lodge.
He stated on his Twitter angle “I had contact with Italian citizen the day earlier than yesterday. Am an Uber driver I picked him at airport.”
Edo Ministry of Health says an emergency operation centre in Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital has been activated for remedy of each coronavirus and lassa fever circumstances.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia, stated at a information convention on Friday in Benin that the state authorities had delegated a workforce of well being officers to investigate in regards to the flight manifest that introduced the Italian contaminated with coronavirus to the nation.
He stated {that a} workforce had been despatched to the airport to get info on listing of passengers and crew members on board the flight that introduced the Italian into the nation.
Okundia added that surveillance officers had been positioned on crimson alert to hold out energetic case search in all well being services and factors of entries into the state.
According to him, the state’s Ministry of Health has commenced sensitisation of workers of Benin Airport on screening modalities of air travellers.
He stated “there may be ongoing consciousness creation and sensitisation of the general public on the novel coronavirus in varied information media. Sensitisation of healthcare staff throughout the well being services within the 18 native authorities areas has additionally began,”
The commissioner stated that the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s National Reference Laboratory in Abuja have the coronavirus testing machines.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) studies that an Italian, who boarded a Turkish airline, has been confirmed constructive with the coronavirus by the Virology Laboratory of LUTH, the primary reported case in Nigeria for the reason that outbreak in China.
Anxiety in Edo over coronavirus detection as screening begins at Benin airport
By Ozioruva Aliu
THERE is nervousness in Benin City, Edo state capital and different components of the state over the detection of corona virus on an Italian that visited Nigeria from Milan, Italy few days in the past.
This growth has created fears amongst residents as there may be hardly any household in Benin City and environs that do not need members in Europe and significantly Italy so there are fears that some individuals from the state could have travelled with the sufferer on the identical flight to Nigeria and these individuals could have visited residence.
Chairman of Red Cross in Edo state, Festus Alenkhe yesterday informed Saturday Vanguard that the screening of passengers on the airport would start from Monday.
He stated “We Just had a gathering now with officers of NEMA and FAAN in Edo. From subsequent week, our volunteers shall be on the Benin airport to hitch the well being personnel in screening travellers.
Read additionally: Coronavirus: Ogun govt shuts agency, quarantines 28 contacts
Beware, Coronavirus can unfold via phone, tables, desks —WHO
By Gabriel Olawale
World Health Organization has known as for promotion of normal and thorough hand-washing hygiene. The physique stated that coronavirus (COVID-19) may be contacted when somebody contaminated coughs or exhales.
The international heath physique stated that folks can contacted the virus if a droplet of contaminated fluid fell on close by surfaces and objects resembling desks, tables or telephones.
“People might catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects after which touching their eyes, nostril or mouth. If they’re standing inside 1 or 2 meters of an individual with COVID-19 they’ll catch it by inhaling droplets coughed out or exhaled by them.
“In different phrases, COVID-19 spreads in an analogous approach flu does. Most individuals contaminated with COVID-19 expertise gentle signs and get well. However, some go on to expertise extra critical sickness and should require hospital care.
“Risk of great sickness rises with age, individuals over 40 years appear to be extra weak. People with weakened immune techniques and folks with situations resembling diabetes, coronary heart and lung illness are additionally extra weak to critical sickness.
Simple methods to stop the unfold of COVID-19 in your office
Make positive your workplaces are clear and hygienic, surfaces (e.g. desks and tables) and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) have to be wiped with disinfectant commonly. Why? Because contamination on surfaces touched by workers and clients is likely one of the most important ways in which COVID-19 spreads.
Promote common and thorough hand-washing by workers, contractors and clients. Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in distinguished locations across the office. Make positive these dispensers are commonly refilled. Display posters selling hand-washing, ask your native public well being authority for these or look on
Make positive that workers, contractors and clients have entry to locations the place they’ll wash their fingers with cleaning soap and water. Washing kills the virus in your fingers and prevents the unfold of COVID-19.
Promote good respiratory hygiene within the office. Display posters selling respiratory hygiene. Combine this with different communication measures resembling providing steering from occupational well being and security officers, briefing at conferences and knowledge on the web and so forth.
Ensure that face masks and / or paper tissues can be found at your workplaces, for individuals who develop a runny nostril or cough at work, together with closed bins for hygienically disposing of them. Good respiratory hygiene prevents the unfold of COVID-19.
Advise workers and contractors to seek the advice of nationwide journey recommendation earlier than occurring enterprise journeys. Brief your workers, contractors and clients that if COVID-19 begins spreading in your neighborhood anybody with even a gentle cough or low grade fever (37.Three C or extra) wants to remain at residence.
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