HRI West Africa sends this message of solidarity to all stakeholders in Nigeria health system as Coronavirus-COVID-19 pandemic ravages people’s health, life-style and the economy. COVID-19 is the illness that has caused the pandemic currently ravaging the World. It is caused by a novel coronavirus, now called severe acute respiratory syndrome -coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2 (formerly called 2019-nCoV). The first case of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was identified during an outbreak of respiratory illness in December, 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) of ‘pneumonia cases of unknown cause’ in Wuhan City, Hubei province on December 31, 2019. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January, 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March, becoming the first such designation by WHO since it declared H1N1 influenza a pandemic in 2009. The WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on March 13, 2020 said Europe had become the epicentre of the pandemic, as the total number of confirmed cases outside China eclipsed those inside the country. The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria was announced on February 27, 2020 when an Italian citizen who arrived in Lagos tested positive for the virus. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that every person should practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow) and practice social / physical distancing. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring specialist intensive care treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop the serious illness. We say, Stay Safe, Keep well:
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments and vaccines. The WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical trial findings become available. Stay informed.