Prevention they say it is better than a cure. The inability of the Nigerian Government to strengthen our border security has made our country open to the deadly Coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China. Nigerians woke up at the early hours of 28th February 2020 to get a piece of shocking news that they would have prayed that it never happened. The deadly and highly contagious Coronavirus has found its way to the most populous black nation of the world.
The life of many Nigerians especially Lagos has been marred with the fear of the virus. Funnily, since the government can not protect the nation from being exposed to the virus, they have however given tips on how individuals can protect themselves from the virus.
Read the following tips released by the ministry of health below:
- Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in crowd.
- Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication
- Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.
Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria.
Dr Osagie Ehanire
Hon. Minister of Health
Also, to facilitate a better understanding of how to reduce the risk of getting infected with the Virus, the Ministry of health has shared a pictorial story of how to protect oneself.
When we thought we have had our worst nightmare during the outbreak of Ebola Virus in 2014, we have yet been struck with another greatest disease in human history. We hope sooner than expected the Virus will be driven out of the country.