- February 2 2021. 1:50 pm
The first COVID-19 case in Nigeria was confirmed on 27th February, 2020 in Lagos.
COVID-19 is caused by a virus that spreads through droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can become infected with this new coronavirus by being in close contact (within 2 metres) with a person infected with COVID-19. Infection can also spread by touching a surface that an infected person coughed or sneezed on.
Skilled public health teams, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, are monitoring the situation daily.
The most important advice is for all schools to encourage their students to maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene to remain safe.
School proprietors, headmasters, and head mistresses must ensure that students have access to clean water and soap at all times while on the school premises.
The best way for schools to avoid COVID-19 infection is to:
Ensure students and teachers wash their hands frequently
Show students how to cough or sneeze into a tissue, or to cough into their elbow if they
cannot get tissue
Clean and disinfect their premises often
Encourage sick students and teachers to stay home
As of today (05/03/20), it is not necessary to close schools or to cancel large gatherings.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, fever, and muscle pain within 14 days of exposure to someone infected with the virus or returning from a country with ongoing community transmission*.
If anyone has been in contact with a suspected case in a school, they should contact NCDC on 0800 9700 0010. While laboratory test results for COVID-19 are awaited, there is no need to close the facility or send students or staff home.
You can find the latest information and advice by contacting NCDC on:
NCDC Toll-free Number: 080097000010
Website for additional resources: www.ncdc.gov.ng
Twitter and Facebook: @NCDCgov
you can Download the or read the full pdf file from NCDC Website
INFORMATION FROM NCDC WEBSITE www.ncdc.gov.ng