Nigeria identified By The WHO As Effectively Tackling Coronavirus

The detection of Convid-19 in Nigeria had many speculating about the country’s preparedness in handling what the WHO Director-General has described as pandemic.

As coronavirus spreads across the globe, countries in Africa are taking preventive measures to keep the disease out and many are showing a strong level of preparedness to counter its spread.

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(NCDC holds a press brieffing on measures used to tackle pandemic Nigeria image source NCDC SM Page)

There are now more than 100 cases recorded in 11 countries in Africa, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization. Egypt remains the nation with the most reported cases with 59, more than half of all confirmed cases on the continent.

 NCDC director Chikwe Ihekweazu pointed to the speed with which Nigeria identified and confined patients with the symptoms as a sign the country is prepared to deal with the outbreak.

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The system worked. We identified this case, diagnosed and isolated within 48 hours of it entering the country," Ihekweazu said. In other countries like Iran and Italy for instance, by the time the first case had been confined, there was widespread contact.

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Click Image to watch interview by NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu on how Nigeria curbed the spread of CONVID- (Vaultztv)

( (Attending to a Lasser patient another disease Nigeria is battling with besides Coronavirus)

He added: "We successfully managed Ebola ... and are currently managing Lassa fever. We have a strong team that is used to doing this."

Social media has been used responsibly to stop fake news

The NCDC publishes daily reports through Social media on its ongoing efforts to trace all those who had contact with the first patient and has posted a WhatsApp number where it can be reached for inquiries.

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(Social media Tweet on NCDC Twitter page)

The Unsung Africa Hero

Once the news was out about a novel coronavirus emerging in China, Dr. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, swiftly moved to action: In a few short weeks, he built capacity to test for the novel virus across the African continent.

Ryan confirmed that Nigeria provided a 100-bed isolation unit within 48 hours of confirming its first coronavirus case. He however admitted that the development of isolation and clinical support is uneven in countries around the world.

Watch (Vaultztv) Dr. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, on how speed saved time in Africa continent  

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(Joint partnership with Africa union and Africa CDC is strengthening the capacity of Member States)

Alinko Dangote’s foundation’s intervention is considered the largest single donation by a corporate organization in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus since Nigeria recorded its first index case last month in Lagos, Nigeria. 

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The stellar  preventive measures, intervention and goodwill of Nigerian's in the private sectors have singlehandedly helped the country cope with the epidemic recording a very low casualty rate.

For this reason the  NCDC has been lauded by the WHO for the level of detail and information it has put out since Nigeria recorded its first case last month.

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At a press conference in Geneva, Michael Ryan who heads the WHO Emergencies Programme gave credits to Nigeria over its quick response in tackling the virus after confirming its first case.

Ryan confirmed that Nigeria provided a 100-bed isolation unit within 48 hours of confirming its first coronavirus case. He however admitted that the development of isolation and clinical support is uneven in countries around the world.