Buhari urges Nigerians against panic on confirmation of coronavirus index case in Lagos

•President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians not to panic about the news of this first case of Covid-19 in the country, as undue alarm would do us more harm than good.

According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President asked Nigerians to strictly observe the advisories disseminated by the Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation (WHO), on the best way to prevent infection.

“This was despite the ardent efforts of the government regarding preparedness and response measures put in place in our country’s borders and beyond

“This information is being broadcast in all available media by the Federal Ministry of Information,” he said.

Shehu added that the President noted with sadness, the recent confirmation of a case of Covid-19 infection in Lagos, Nigeria.

He said the President commended the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies whose diligence and efficiency enabled the case to be detected, diagnosed and isolated quickly, even while swift measures were taken to identify and follow up on those with whom the index patient came into contact.

He said the President commended the responses of the Federal Ministry of Health and Governments of Lagos and Ogun States as well as other relevant agencies to the reported incident and called for vigilance on the part of all citizens and responsible government agencies.


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