How It all Started
- A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019.
- The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020.
- An Italian man was Nigeria’s first corona virus case after arriving from Milan. He was in the country for almost two full days before being isolated, travelling through Lagos and visiting another state.
- The international community has asked for US$675 million to help protect states with weaker health systems as part of its Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.
LATEST UPDATES ON COVID-19 IN NIGERIA
As at 07:00 am 25th March, two new cases of COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 1 in Lagos and 1 in Osun. Both cases are returning travellers to Nigeria in the last 7 days.
2 have been discharged with 1 death.
The Police in Lagos has extended its enforcement of social distancing of gatherings of not more than 25 persons to Markets, Shopping Malls, Stores, Eateries and others.
Lagos State Police Command has in the last 6 days deployed its resources across the State to ensure that the guidelines and directives issued by both the Federal and State Governments to prevent the spread of Corona virus are fully obeyed.
They say with the new directives issued by Lagos State Government on Tuesday 24th March, 2020, the enforcement will now be extended to all markets and stores, except markets that are selling food items, water, medicine, pharmacies, medical equipment and other related essential life saving products, with effect from Thursday 26th March, 2020.
Corporate bodies such as financial institutions, telecommunication companies and businesses not affected by the ban should also ensure that both their employees and customers/clients are not more than 25 in number at a time.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: Stop the spread of Covid-19
While there are different efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19, it’s becoming clearer that social distancing is an effective control measure of the pandemic corona virus. In an economy and demography like Nigeria, social distancing might seem unrealistic but if we really want to survive this, we have to co-operate to make it work.
Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people in order to curb the spread of illness. Specifically, staying at least 6ft away from other people lessens your chances of being infected with Covid-19.. read more
Self-isolation guide for Nigerians
- Intentionally stay at home, away from everybody for a period of 14 days. Do not go closer than 2 metre (5 feet) to anyone.
- Stay in a well ventilated room: Keep away from everyone including family and pets. Do not use commonly share household items.
- Work from home and ensure you have adequate supplies of food, water, toiletries, medication for existing ailments and other necessities… read more
COVID-19: DG, Nig., Governors Forum Okauru, family self-isolate
The Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Asishana Okauru has proceeded on self-isolation along with his entire family because the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum had been exposed to the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, who tested positive to Corona virus
Mr Asishana says this move is to enable them closely monitor their health and identify any symptoms of the Corona virus.
COVID-19: Edo governor, Obaseki goes into self-isolation, sends samples for testing
Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki has gone into self isolation following his close contact with the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Muhammed and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who have both tested positive for Corona virus.
Global Updates on Covid-19
UN launches COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan to #InvestInHumanity
25 March 2020
The UN today issued a $2 billion appeal to fight coronavirus in the most vulnerable countries.
Properly funded, it will provide laboratory materials for testing, supplies to protect health workers and medical equipment to treat the sick. It will bring water and sanitation to places facing shortages, and will help humanitarian workers and supplies get to where they are needed most to support the COVID-19 response.
Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) Assists Indigent Patients By Paying Their Medical Bills For Them To Get Quality Healthcare So They Can Live And “That None Should Die”
100% Of your donation pays Emergency medical bills for Indigent and vulnerable patients in public health institutions. Our operating costs are covered by surplus and sustainability fees generated from training and other advocacy services.
This Mrs Julius, her family had a fire accident that led to the loss of 3 children amidst 4 children. The only surviving child is her 5 year old boy, Testimony Julius, who hid inside the fridge while the fire engulfed his younger siblings helplessly. The parents were financially incapable to commence treatment for the children who were victims of fire accident so Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) stepped in to help fight for the children’s lives but it was only Testimony that managed to escape death as a result of the fire accident.