The Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have confirmed the first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lagos, the economic hub of Nigeria.
In separate tweets, the government agencies announced on Friday, February 28, 2020, that the first case was confirmed on 27th of February 2020.
NCDC announced that the patient “is clinically stable and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital Yaba. The agency assured Nigerians that “measures are in place to respond appropriately” and the agency is working with Lagos State Ministry of Health to “identify contacts and initiate response accordingly”.
According to a tweet from Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of NCDC, the confirmed Coronavirus case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Lab of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Lab. network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The patient is clinically stable and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital Yaba— NCDC (@NCDCgov) February 27, 2020
We assure all Nigerians that measures are in place to respond appropriately. We’re working with @LSMOH to identify contacts & initiate response accordinglyhttps://t.co/2eCnHCDFrk https://t.co/XmUIDKQrtz
Reacting to the tweet from the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, slammed the ministry for responding slowly to the Coronavirus outbreak.
“10 Chinese nationals, one Nigerian from Hubei province were tested. TWO positive NOT one! Let’s begin Education. We are 200M here”, she tweeted this morning.
YOUR RESPONSE WAS SLOW! I BROKE THIS STORY BEFORE YOU! One day this country will give me credit for my good work protecting the Nigerian masses. 10 Chinese nationals, one Nigerian from Hubei province were tested. TWO positive NOT one! Let’s begin Education. We are 200M here😠😷🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/p7k9Fd8M27— Dr Kemi Olunloyo (Pharm.D)💊😷 (@KemiOlunloyo) February 28, 2020
Earlier on Thursday, the upper chamber of the National Assembly slammed the ministry of health for not doing enough to prevent Coronavirus from spreading into Nigeria. Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Ajayi Borofice pointed out during plenary that Nigerian health officials only hand out sheets of papers at airports to international passengers.
He said: “When we got to South Africa we were not allowed to leave the aircraft for over 30 minutes. Officers of the medical corps of the South African army came into the aircraft and screened everybody before we were allowed out of the aircraft.
“But when I arrived yesterday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, there was no screening.
“All we were given was a sheet of paper to indicate whether were are sick, whether we are going to one country or the other, and how we will be contacted in case of emergency.
“How do you know whether I fell sick after I left the airport? This is very frightening and I think something has to be done to ensure that we do not give way to a situation which we will not be able to control.
“Countries that have adequate medical facilities are working hard to ensure that they contain the spread of this coronavirus and yet, from what I saw yesterday, I was afraid.”
Meanwhile, to keep the world updated on the development of the outbreak in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria has announced that there will be daily updates which would commence today at the Honorable Ministry of Health conference room, 1st floor, FMOH headquarters, Abuja.