The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire has said the federal government is making so much effort to prevent the spread of the latest virus ravaging parts of the world, Coronavirus, from entering the country.
The minister said that measures have been put at all entry points to detect and avoid the outbreak of the epidemic into the country, and he said such point is the international airport in Lagos, Enugu, Rivers, Kano, and that of the FCT.
The minister of health Osagie Ehanire, on Tuesday, January 28, confirmed that only in 2020, Nigeria has recorded 41 deaths and 258 cases of Lassa fever outbreak in not less than 19 states which is not good for the Country at the moment,
In a briefing on Tuesday, January 28 to Channels TV The minister advise Nigerians to embark on massive hygiene in all their activities as a preventive measure he further said that Nigerians should learn to cover up their food properly as to avoid it expose to rats
On the issue on Coronavirus outbreak, the minister said that although there has been no case of the epidemic, the risk of importation was high. The minister further said that with the presence of the disease in African countries like Ivory Coast and Kenya, there is a cause for worry, since the disease can be spread by humans.
The minister said that the federal government through the ministry has set up top surveillance units at all points of entry into the country to prevent the spread of the disease.
He further listed the points of entry as international airports in states like Lagos, Enugu, Rivers, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The authorities have come out to say there was no recorded case of the virus in Nigeria and Africa like it is happening in China and other countries where it has spread to.
The clean state of the country was confirmed, head of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC). Chikwe Ihekweazu
Chikwe Ihekweazu, however, said despite the success so far, the country is not resting as it is trying to be on top of its game in ensuring that the ailment does not spread into Nigeria. Ihekweazu added that he relied on the declaration of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a report that indicated that the coronavirus had not spread to Africa because there are no cases of detection.