Coronavirus in Nigeria: How prepared are we

Coronavirus in Nigeria a likely situation we should be prepared for even though we don’t wish for it. Novel Coronavirus is the new global health nightmare originated from China, how far is it from Nigeria and how ready are we to combat it. Nigeria as the biggest economy and the most populous country in Africa is the regional headquarter of the continent and as such should be getting ready to protect her citizens in particular and Africa in general in event of this much concern.

As we battle Lassa fever at this point as a country the fear of another highly contagious and dangerous health situation may be hard to contemplate but we need to start sensitizing the citizens in readiness for a possible outbreak.

All around the world, the fear is real the spread is fast and the result of the virus is fatal, with no drug or vaccine at sight the new virus is a global nightmare. With Africa having some of the worst health facilities in the world, importing the highly contagious virus to Nigeria in particular and Africa, in general, will be a huge disaster; we don’t want coronavirus in Nigeria.

Now that the new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. What is the fate of Nigeria and Africa?

According to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus “The main reason for the declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,”

The concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems. And we all clearly know where Nigeria and Africa belong in the global health system efficiency, maybe among the weakest of the weak.

Noteworthy is that the US has told its citizens not to travel to China. The state department issued a level four warning – having previously urged Americans to “reconsider” travel to China – and said any citizens in China “should consider departing using commercial means”.

China has said it will send charter planes to bring back Hubei province residents who are overseas “as soon as possible”. A foreign ministry spokesman said this was because of the “practical difficulties” Chinese citizens have faced abroad. Hubei is where the virus emerged.

At least 213 people in China have died from the virus, mostly in Hubei, with almost 10,000 cases nationally. The worst thing that can happen to Nigeria and African health system at this point is coronavirus in Nigeria

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