The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has deployed its Rapid Response Teams to support the Lagos State Government, as Nigeria records its first case of the coronavirus (COVID19).
The Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja, according to NAN.
The NCDC, he said, has also ”escalated the multi-sectoral coronavirus preparedness group to an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), at Level II to lead response activities”.
The patient, an Italian national, returned to Nigeria from Italy and has been placed in isolation.
Ihekweazu said that health facilities must remain on high alert, assuring Nigerians of their safety against COVID19.
“The NCDC will continue to keep Nigerians informed. It is important for them to be focused on facts and not fear,” he said.
“Nigerians should protect themselves by staying calm, drink lots of water.”
He said Nigerians should frequently wash their hands, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, practice respiratory hygiene and if anyone has fever, cough and difficulty breathing, they should seek medical care early.
The DG assured Nigerians, that with the appropriate information, treatment and precautions, Nigeria will beat COVID19 like Ebola.
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