Nigeria acquires in-country capacity to test for Coronavirus

Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja

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Nigeria, with the help of World Health Organisation WHO, has now acquired in-country capacity to test for coronavirus.

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire who stated this in Abuja, explained that the move is part of the concerted effort by the Nigerian Government to keep the disease at bay.

Dr. Ehanire appreciated WHO for their support, and called on Nigerians returning from China in the past fortnight to “self isolate” for at least 14 days, to protect their families and communities.

“Such persons who develop fever, cough, sore throat or difficulty in breathing are to report to the nearest hospital” the Minister stated.

“All Healthcare workers who receive patients with symptoms like fever, cough, difficulty in breathing are to supply them with masks and isolate, before contacting the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) on 07032864444”.

“Nasopharyngeal or throat swabs are to be collected for testing for CoronaVirus at NCDC,” the minister added.

Speaking further, the Minister advised all persons, who within 14days of onset of illness, had any one of the following exposures, to report to the nearest hospital:
1. History of travel to China 14 days prior to onset of symptoms or,

  1. Close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus infection or,
  2. Exposure to a health care facility anywhere, which is associated with coronavirus infection.

“To also be tested are those with laboratory confirmation of corona 2019nCoV infection, with or without signs and symptoms of illness”, the Minister stressed.