Coronavirus: WHO sends experts to support Nigeria’s response plan

February 8, 2020
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Dr Dhamari Naidoo, an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO), said the agency has deployed a team of experts to support Nigeria’s response plan on coronavirus.

Naidoo, WHO’s Nigeria Technical Officer in Health Emergency Programme, said this at a meeting to build the capacity of journalists on how to report coronavirus on Friday in Abuja.

She said WHO had been supporting countries globally, especially countries with a high risk of importing the virus.

According to her, the risk of importing the virus is high in the country recognising that Nigerians travel frequently to China.

“WHO has deployed the experts from Africa to support us for two weeks to ensure that our plan and preparedness is complete and on point.

“As at January 31, Coronavirus Inter-ministerial Preparedness and Response Committee was conveyed by the Minister of Health and he inaugurated a committee to develop an Action Plan.

“The focus of the committee is to ensure that our points of entry have sufficient capacity to monitor in-coming travellers.’’

The official told the journalists that the focus was on nine states, hosting ports of entry both by air and water.

“The nine states are Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Delta and Bayelsa.

“That is our main priority now; within Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which we are supporting, we have activated the coronavirus preparedness working group and the group has been working in the past two weeks.

“We are also working to ensure that the Inter-ministerial committee has the capacity to provide patients care and diagnostic capacity,’’ she said.

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