Nigeria has confirmed its second case of Covid-19 (coronavirus).
The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has announced a second confirmed case of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
The Minister in a press briefing at the University of Benin teaching hospital on Monday, March 9; said the second case of the novel coronavirus is a contact of the index case, in Ogun state.
“It is my duty, therefore, to announce a new case of coronavirus disease (CIVID-19) in Nigeria,” Ehanire said.
“One of the important response strategies at the containment stage has been to identify all contacts; ensure their strict isolation, and to follow up daily with checks for any symptoms of the disease.
“Following recent experience from other countries and evident from newly published studies on non-symptomatic infections, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), advised that samples should be taken from all contacts of the index case for testing.
“It is in this process that these two cases were detected.”
The case was not imported like the previous one; but confirmed in one of the contacts traced to an Italian earlier last month.
As of February 28; Nigeria had reported its first case of coronavirus in an Italian businessman who had flown into the country for business.
The Italian and the second case are still quarantined.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Sunday, March 8; said it won’t suspend its visa-on-arrival policy despite coronavirus hitting some African nations.
This policy was introduced by the Federal Government to encourage immigrants from other African nations.
However, the NIS Public Relations Officer, Sunday James; explained that suspending the policy could strain the relationship between Nigeria and other African countries.
He said, “The visa on arrival is a policy of the Federal Government and there is nothing on ground to suggest its reversal. It doesn’t have anything to do with coronavirus; that’s a health-related issue. Once the Ministry of Health has done its work and we carry out our control measures; there is no need for that.
“Visa issuance is a diplomatic issue. You don’t suspend visa issuance because of an epidemic; you can only increase your control measure. Nigerians are still traveling out; if Nigerians are denied a visa when they have good reasons to travel out that could cause a strain in diplomatic ties.”