Nigeria’s first “presumptive” case of the deadly coronavirus that has killed more than 2,814 people with 82,589 cases in six continents has been confirmed on Thursday, 27 February.
The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. 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.
“The Honourable Minister of Health has announced a confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State”
The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020,” the officials said.
The Honourable Minister of Health Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire has assures Nigerians that measures are in place.
“The patient is clinically stable and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital Yaba”
We assure all Nigerians that measures are in place to respond appropriately. We’re working with LSMOH
to identify contacts & initiate response accordingly, he added.
However, Nigerians have taken to micro blogging platform, Twitter to react to this shocking news. See some reactions below…
A Tina wrote ” He was in the plane with people and must have infected them too. Health officials will be busy taking bribes at the airport instead of being vigilant”
A Vincentina wrote ” Shut down the airport.
Shut down the hospital.
Shut down the system.
Shut down the people.
This is what this virus is built to do.
May God watch over us all, this is no longer a case of Nigeria not being safe, the world is not safe. “
A Sunny Kingz wrote ” Let’s NOT be deceived, D primary Target has always been Africa and now dat dey have succeeded in bringing it to Nigeria, d health ministry have to be proactive towards this measures to making sure it is well tackled before d whole Nation is thrown into mourning mood(God forbid) get your face mask, hand sanitizers, Stock your homes with food and live in a clean environment! Oh! did I forget to mention Pray? Miracles do happen👍Dis is Reality and we shall overcome”
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