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Nigeria has confirmed five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of coronavirus patients to eight, according to the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC):
All 5 cases had a travel history to the UK / USA
We urge Nigerians to remain calm as public health response activities are intensified across the country pic.twitter.com/yoKLHXoxhq
– NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 18, 2020
Five new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
March 18, 2020
The honorable Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health has announced five new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, bringing the total to eight confirmed cases in the country.
All five cases had a history of travel to the United Kingdom and the United States.
We urge Nigerians to remain calm as public health response activities have intensified across the country.
The increase to eight patients came just 48 hours after Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire confirmed the third case of COVID-19 on March 16, when “a 30-year-old Nigerian citizen returned from a brief visit to the UK on 13 March”:
There is a 3rd confirmed case of # COVID19 in Nigeria.
The new case is a Nigerian National who recently returned from the UK, self-isolated & contacted @NCDCGov when she developed symptoms. She is clinically stable. Read the press release below: pic.twitter.com/RqV1QASayX
– Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire MD, FWACS (@DrEOEhanire) March 17, 2020
There is a third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The new case is that of a Nigerian citizen who recently returned from the UK, who was quarantined and contacted the NCDC when she developed symptoms. It is clinically stable. Read the press release below.
The patient voluntarily isolated herself for 14 days in Lagos, during which she developed symptoms of fever and cough. She is currently admitted to the Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Yaba, Lagos. It is clinically stable and responsive to treatment.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Nigeria, the Government gave in to public protest on March 18 by placing travel restrictions on citizens of the 13 nations with over a thousand national cases of coronavirus: China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, France, Germany, Norway, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland.
Those who have already entered the country from these countries will have to go through a 14-day quarantine.
On February 27, an Italian citizen who visited Nigeria was confirmed as COVID-19 Patient Zero in the country.
The second confirmed case, according to the NCDC, is zero patient contact and has now tested negative twice. Therefore the second case was released from the “virus and released on March 13, 2020 ″ declares the NCDC.
Internet users ask for travel restrictions
Many Nigerian Internet users have not been satisfied with the current response to COVID-19 and have called for stricter measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria.
Netizen Ayobami condemned the slow response from the NCDC. He advised the agency to “stop the media parade and do some work”:
What we won’t do is to tell more lies, no one has attended to her since last night, she hasn’t been given medication and is not being treated! Stop the media parade and do some work! This isn't about getting international accolades. https://t.co/OvpFgOa1mu
– Ayobami (@dondekojo) March 17, 2020
Third case of CORONAVIRUS disease (COVID-19) confirmed in Nigeria.
The Honorable Nigerian Federal Minister of Health has announced the third case of COVID19 in Nigeria.
She is a Nigerian who returned to Lagos from the United Kingdom and had symptoms within 14 days of her self-isolation.
She is clinically stable and is being treated at the Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Lagos.
What we will not do is tell more lies, nobody has attended her since last night, they have not given her medication and they are not attending her! Leave the media parade and do some work! This is not about getting international praise.
Gideon says it “should scare everyone” that evidence by COVID-19 is slow in Nigeria.
That the @wherekojo case has been confirmed as positive for Coronavirus should scare all of us. This person tried to get tested numerous times and was given the runaround by our healthcare providers and ministry of health. Had to shout on twitter before even testing.
– Gideon (@DondeonBeke) March 17, 2020
That Ayobami's case has been confirmed as coronavirus positive should scare us. This person tried to be evacuated many times and was rejected by our medical professionals and the Ministry of Health. He had to shout on Twitter before getting tested.
“Especially, limit the travelers coming from the countries” affected by the virus, insists the journalist Bayo Olupohunda:
Nobody is saying the FG (federal government) should ban flights outrightly. We cannot ban Nigerians from coming into the country. But they must be quarantined & released once cleared of the virus. But you must restrict travelers coming in especially from countries affect by this virus. https://t.co/1QrUTyJ13O
– Bayo Olupohunda (@BayoOlupohunda) March 17, 2020
Absurd. Today is March 17. You are asking passengers who arrived in Lagos on the 13th to isolate themselves. Some will be in hotels. What about the people you came into contact with in these five days? We have said restrict flights, but no one in Abuja is listening.
Last minute! COVID-19 updates in Lagos:
If you are a passenger on flight BA 75 that arrived in Lagos on March 13, 2020, stay home and isolate yourself for 14 days. Call the Ministry of Health hotlines now.
No one says the federal government should completely ban flights. We cannot prohibit Nigerians from entering the country. But they should be quarantined and released once the virus has been removed. But they must restrict travelers who come especially from countries affected by this virus.
Dr. Whitewalker insists that a travel ban is a normal epidemiological intervention to stop transmission during a pandemic like this:
The travel ban help buy time to enable strengthening response to nationwide outbreak.
– WhiteHawk Dr (@MakweCatherine) March 17, 2020
Banning travel helps buy time to allow for a stronger response to the national outbreak.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, director of the NCDC, stated that they are “making great efforts to cover all urgent needs”:
We're extremely busy. Our call handlers are taking hundreds of calls every day, 24/7 including weekends, from across Nigeria
Please be patient with us & help us by pulling together. The criticism distracts us from critical work
We are trying VERY hard to meet all urgent needs
– Chikwe Ihekweazu (@Chikwe_I) March 17, 2020
We are truly busy. Our operators are answering hundreds of calls every day, even on weekends, from all over Nigeria.
Please be patient with us and help us move forward together. Criticism distracts us from important work.
We are trying to cover all urgent needs.
Initially, on March 17, the Senate, Nigeria's upper house, called for a travel ban from countries at high risk of coronavirus such as the United Kingdom and China, before extending the restrictions the following day.
All visitors from affected countries must undergo “supervised self-isolation and testing for 14 days,” Cable Nigeria reports. Visas were also temporarily suspended by the Government on arrival in Nigeria.
The travel ban takes effect on March 21, 2020 and will last four weeks, and is open to possible extension upon review.
Several African nations have been implementing tougher protocols to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Those stringent measures include imposing travel restrictions on nations with a high number of COVID-19 cases.
There are reports of the inadequate and careless response of health officials to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
A 70-year-old woman, who spent five months in the United Kingdom, returned to Nigeria on March 11. Shortly after, she presented the symptoms of COVID-19 such as cold and excess mucus; on March 13, he was rushed to the Enugu University Hospital (ESUTH) in Colliery Parklane, in southeastern Nigeria.
She was isolated at the hospital while her samples were sent to the NCDC for diagnosis on March 14. The next day the woman died after the NCDC reported that the woman had tested negative.
The laboratory result of the patient in Enugu suspected to have # COVID19 is NEGATIVE
It is important to wait for confirmation from NCDC before spreading information on social media.
NCDC will continue to provide updates to the publichttps: //t.co/zQrpNeOfet https://t.co/chldqET4Wz pic.twitter.com/SLS4Dw8Zyk
– NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 15, 2020
The Nigerian Center for Disease Control is aware of the patient in Enugu, suspected of having COVID-19.
This is one of many notices that the COVID-19 National Emergency Operations Center receives daily.
The patient is isolated, sample taken and results are expected tomorrow..
The laboratory result of the patient in Enugu suspected of having COVID-19 is NEGATIVE
It is important to wait for the confirmation of the NCDC before spreading information on social networks
The NCDC will continue to update the public
However, in a letter to the governor of Enugu state, the woman's daughter claimed that her mother was “stigmatized” by the hospital team that put her in a “dilapidated” isolation center and neglected with “grass and rubble” .
Another poorly managed case of COVID-19 was in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria.
On March 17, David Hundeyin, a journalist for News Wire, reported the improper handling of an alleged COVID-19 case at the Dangote Oil Refinery Company in Ibeju-Lekki, Lakos, which caused panic among the workers.
On March 12, an Indian pipe fitter traveled from the Dangote Refinery in Mumbai to Nigeria, after a short layover in Cairo, Egypt. Hudeynin's investigation revealed that the installer presented “fever, dry cough, sore throat with significant respiratory distress” the day after he returned from India. However, “it is not clear whether someone from the Dangote Refinery attempted to contact” the competent health officials.
Furthermore, Hudeyin regretted that the company took advantage of Nigeria's “negligent legislative environment” “to put its own interests first”, which endangers the lives of staff and the general public.
This report forced the management of the refinery to release a report stating that the aforementioned patient had been transferred to the Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Yaba, Lagos.