THERE is palpable apprehension in Wase Local Government of Plateau State after three Chinese miners working in the area in Wase Local Government Council of Plateau state were quarantined over suspected coronavirus.
The trio recently returned from China.
They had landed at the Abuja airport from Ethiopia on Friday.
Health Commissioner Nimkong Ndam, confirmed that the victims of the virus were under surveillance.
He said their isolation was to allow for proper investigation by the health workers who have been sent to the area since Friday.
Ogun activates emergency operation committee
The Ogun State Government has activated its Emergency Operation Committee (EOC) to manage any development that may arise from the reported case of Coronavirus.
The Committee is headed by the Commissioner for Health, Tomi Coker, and comprises staff of the State Ministry of Health, Hospital Management Board, Representatives of Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and representatives of Federal Medical Center (FMC), Abeokuta.
The EOC consists of seven sub- committee, including Risk Communication and Mobilisation, Surveillance, Case Management, Infection Prevention Control ( IPC), Central Coordination/Planning and Logistics/ Finance respectively.
Coker told reporters that the multidisciplinary committee will meet daily and update the general public about any development.
She said that an Emergency Operation Center had been opened at Block C within the State Secretariat to attend to issues relating to the outbreak.
She also assured residents on efforts made so far on containing the outbreak of Convid-19, saying the government had put everything in place ahead of time to arrest the situation.
Coker called on the public not to panic and ignore any panic message, saying that every individual should maintain personal hygiene and avoid contact with whoever has a fever by five feet.
“We are on top of the situation. There is no cause for alarm. Our health educators are busy with advocacy efforts on the field. We are sensitizing our health officers too on preventive measures to adopt. We have all the required interventions to contain the situation. Members of the public should remain calm,” Commissioner said.
Kaduna sets up Emergency Centre
Kaduna State has constituted an Emergency Operational Centre (EOC) on Coronavirus according to Health Commissioner Amina Mohammed Baloni.
Her ministry, in a statement, yesterday said the centre was saddled with the responsibility of dealing with all Coronavirus related cases that may arise in the state.
It advised resident to regularly and thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizers, maintain at least three to five feet distance between individuals and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.”
It said: “In addition, the general public is also advised to follow good respiratory hygiene by covering the mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue paper, or cough and sneeze into the sleeve at the bent elbow.”
It said that such handkerchiefs or tissue papers should be disposed of immediately after use.
Ondo seeks cooperation of residents
The Ondo State government expressed the need for all stakeholders to join hands to prevent the outbreak of Coronavirus in the state.
The State Ministry of Health said “following the outbreak of Corona virus in Lagos which is just some few-hours drive from Ondo, the state government has expressed the need to sensitize the citizenry on the looming danger.
“The disease known as Covid 19 is a new viral illness that was first detected in China late last year.
“Since then, the disease has spread to several countries above 50 as at today.
“It is characterized by a flu-like symptom of fever and cough which is often associated with shortness of breath and later, complicated by respiratory failure.”
Kano is calm
Residents of Kano are calm about the Coronavirus scare although some want government to do all within its power to ensure that it does not spread across the nation.
Mr. Clement David, a resident of Sabon Gari in the expressed fear that if government did not take urgent step to safeguard and orientate the people on the Coronavirus issue, many Nigerians may be affected, “because we are very careless people. You are aware that most people in this part of the country are very ignorant of issues like this. So the government should get down to work using every possible means, including the mass media top educate the people on how to stay safe.”
However, authorities at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano has denied journalists access to the departure area of the international terminal to observe measures being put in place to screen passengers arriving from abroad.
Though the management of the airport declined from speaking on the matter, an impeccable airport source who does not want his name on print told our Reporter that there is a collaborative manpower support between Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Port Health personnel, NCDC, to ensure proper screening of passengers coming into the country through the airport.