A six weeks previous child is without doubt one of the 5 coronavirus index circumstances, Nigeria’s well being minister Osagie Ehanire mentioned on Wednesday.
Briefing journalists in Abuja, Ehanire disclosed that the child together with the mom examined optimistic for the virus.
With eight circumstances confirmed in Nigeria in whole, the six weeks previous child is the youngest coronavirus affected person in Nigeria because the first confirmed case on Thursday, February 28 2020.
Out of the 5 new circumstances, three arrived from the United States, whereas two got here in from the United Kingdom.
Ehanire disclosed that the 2 circumstances from the UK are Nigerians. He mentioned the American nationwide among the many new circumstances, is a motorcyclist who crossed into Nigeria by way of a land border.
“They were actually two but one tested negative,” Ehanire mentioned.
Ehanire mentioned the federal government is collating info on the travellers with an in depth journey historical past of every individual being compiled and contacts at present being traced, to establish individuals who’ve just lately been in touch with the index circumstances.
He acknowledged that the National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and supported by companions, is supporting response within the states whereas the Federal Government by way of Federal Ministry of Health is conducting a threat evaluation to information the federal government in resolution making.
Ehanire disclosed that one of many index circumstances is in Ekiti whereas the remaining 4 are in Lagos, saying they’re being adopted up by the general public well being officers supported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The minister additionally famous that Nigeria is at a stage of importation of illness that’s coming as single circumstances “…we are not in a stage of community transmission where it is becoming widespread and is focused on contact tracing to ensure there is no gap and that it does not get to the level community transmission. We will also inform the airline that brought the affected persons and the country as well as the World Health Organization (WHO).”
The minister urged residents to not panic, however enable specialists in public well being to information response in a calculated, scientific method.