As death toll from the coronavirus keeps rising it is crippling not only China’s economy but is having a global effect on local business. Business around Nigeria has begun to express concern over the restrictions on movement caused by the coronavirus as demand for some goods have begin to become scarce since most manufacturing companies heavily depend on China for inputs.
WHO’s Technical Officer, Health and Emergency Programme, Dr. Dhamari Naidoo, reveals that Nigeria was self-assessed as high in a risk assessment on Coronavirus by the body, primarily because of the frequent travel between China and Nigeria WHO has revealed that it will focus its efforts from the nine states which have entry ports either by air or water including Lagos, Kano, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Delta and Bayelsa states and Abuja, which it said were its main priority right now.
WHO has also revealed that measures are ongoing to strengthen surveillance at ports of entry, temperature screening and visual observation and also, airlines have also been informed and there will be travel forms that will be distributed in order to monitor travelers coming in from China.
She added: “One critical action that we are also working on is to ensure that we have sufficient stock piles to respond to any emergencies. The stockpiles are PPE masks, protective clothing, some equipment and sample collection materials, etc, that we will need to monitor response. The Coronavirus preparedness working group, which has been actively working over the past two weeks and we are doing a multisectoral and multiagency working group. We have representation from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and our partners that are working within Nigeria to ensure that
In terms of diagnostic capacity, the National Reference Lab in Gaduwa, Abuja, has been operational as of this weekend and was officially announced by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC). We are currently working with Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to get them up and running by this weekend. Overtime, we will have more diagnostic labs within the country, signaling that they are ready to test.”
told journalists that the organization was working hard to identify isolation points and treatment facilities in the high risk states, adding that the teaching hospital in Gwagwalada, Abuja, has been identified.
She said: “It is a brand new facility, but we are working to provide equipment and human resources. Also, we are looking at the IDH in Yaba, Lagos.
In the vain,Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, has assured Nigerians stating that the Ministry of Health is ready to contain the novel Coronavirus infectious disease if eventually, it breaks out in Nigeria. He said the FG would spend N620m special intervention fund to monitor, detect and contain coronavirus. While reassuring Nigerians that the suspected cases have all turned out negative.
By Dunioh Gideon