Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, has confirmed that two suspected cases of coronavirus have tested negative after diagnosis in the country.
The minister made this known while declaring the Kano State Primary Health Summit open at Government House.
He declared that Nigeria was fortified with three well-equipped centres to diagnose the deadly disease and other viral infections.
Ehanire also said that the federal government had put in place mechanisms at all entry points in the country to screen all incoming passengers to ascertain their health status.
The coronavirus – similar to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) – broke out at a seafood market in Wuhan that reportedly sold exotic animals for consumption.
China’s National Health Commission this week said that the number of deaths from coronavirus had risen to over 1000 in the country.
Countries around the world have been flying their citizens out of the central Chinese city of Wuhan, which houses Hubei province – the epicentre of the virus – while in Japan and Hong Kong, thousands of tourists have been quarantined.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday announced the name for new coronavirus as Covid-19.
WHO, it was learned, said they wanted a name that do not refer to a geographical location, animals, an individual or a group of people.
The body is leading a two-day global research and innovation forum to mobilise international action in response to coronavirus outbreak.