“Within 48 hours, Nigeria had established 100-bed isolation unit” – WHO commends Nigeria effort at curbing coronavirus.
Nigeria has become a good reference point on #COVID19. In a video that has gone viral, during a press conference, the head of the World Health Organization emergency response programme, Micheal Ryan was seen admonishing other countries to show leadership in containing coronavirus saying effective leadership in Africa enabled that “within 48 hours, Nigeria had established 100-bed isolation unit”.
He made this statement during a the WHO press briefing that officially declared coronavirus a pandemic.
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The Director-General of the United Nations health agency, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, recognised the government’s effort in a tweet.
He also thanked the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) for its efforts since the index case of the virus was reported late February.
Ghebreyesus noted that Nigeria was swift and transparent in the manner it shared the sequence of coronavirus from the country’s first case.
“This a true act of solidarity and an important step in stopping the coronavirus from spreading further,” he said.
The remarks by the health agency’s director-general was in reaction to an earlier tweet by the NCDC that Nigeria has published the first African SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence, from coronavirus.
His tweet did not go unnoticed as the Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, thanked the Ethiopian for recognising the efforts of the Federal Government and others fighting the virus in the country.
Ihekweazu, however, noted that the nation still has “a long journey ahead” in ensuring that the people of the country were protected from the virus and similar diseases.
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