Novel coronavirus (48) Healthcare information for the general public (6)

24 February, 2020

Neil thanks for sharing this country by country advisory. In Nigeria no case has been diagnosed todate, but the govt has taken it very seriously and issued advisory to the public since 31 January 2020. Essentially advised the population to self-quarantine to those who have been to China or any country that has positive tested cases, and to report to the nearest health facility if they felt unwell, had fever, cough, sneezing or difficulty breathing or chest infection, etc: READ ON

'How to protect yourself

To reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus, members of the public are advised to adhere to the following measures:

- Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water.

- Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue papper when sneezing and/or coughing. You may also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief is not available.

- Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illlness such as coughing and sneezing.

- Avoid self-medication, report to the nearest health facility when you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

- Healthcare workers are always advised to observe standard infectioon prevention and control measures when attending to patients and take a travel history.

- Travellers from China who show no symptoms on arrival, but who have a fever and cough within 14 days of arrival in Nigeria, should contact NCDC on 0800-970000-10

- As the situation is evolving, this advisory will be updated as more information becomes available.'

This was issued and carried widely by the Nigerian media on 31st January 2020, and I don’t think it has changed as at today. Because no case has been identified in Nigeria to date!!.


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