Coronavirus: WHO commends Nigerian govt’s ‘timely’ response

World Health Organisation, WHO, in Nigeria, has commended Nigerian Government’s efforts “to the timely response to the first case of Covid-19, Coronavirus, in the country.

Dr Clement Peter, the Officer-in-Charge of World Health Organisation, WHO, in Nigeria gave the commendation at a news conference for update on the disease, organised by the Federal Ministry of Health on Friday in Abuja.

Coronavirus: WHO commends Nigerian govt’s ‘timely’ response

The WHO officer said,

“it is commendable that Nigeria speedily detected the case and is addressing the matter in Lagos.

“We have been working with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to provide support on how to control spread.

“I am proud to say that NCDC is one the best control centres in Africa and we will continue to partner with the centre to address the situation.

“Now that we have a reported case in Nigeria, what is important is control and we will also facilitate other partners to support Nigeria.”

The minister of Heath, also reassured that Nigeria will continue to follow WHO guidelines and will not put restriction on international travel or begin to quarantine travellers. He said government would intensify screening at points of entry to prevent further importation of the virus.

“We will follow WHO guidelines because stopping international travel can backfire. So, as long as we can control it, we do not need to overreact, we are working with WHO.

“I only advice people to keep a social distance from people coughing and sneezing and observe respiratory hygiene,” he said.

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