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Coronavirus: Minister gives updates, announce emergency numbers

The Minister of Health , Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire, has given a Ministerial update on measures taken so far by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health, relevant parastatals and Agencies to prevent the importation of coronavirus into Nigeria and level of preparedness in case of any eventuality.

The update was given during an interractive session with health journalists in the Ministry’s headquarters, in Abuja.

“Holding regular updates on the Coronavirus outbreak, its attendant threat and steps taken by the Nigerian Government to protect her citizens is of utmost importance,” he said.

The Minister further noted that prompt updates are necessary considering the various unreliable media platforms who churn out unverified, misleading and fake news reports to the news thirsty public.

Speaking, Ehanire said currently, “there is no case of Coronavirus in Nigeria,” but surveillance activities have been scaled up at Airports, Doctors are sharing information on how to test and handle suspected cases and the health sector is expanding her public health laboratories across the country in order to meet up with the requirements needed to diagnose coronavirus, according to WHO standards.

He mentioned that there is an Isolation Centre prepared in University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) Gwagwalada, Abuja, where possible suspected cases arriving the country through Abuja, could be quarantined.

He inspected the centre some days back, the Minister recalled. On the welfare of the about 60 Nigerians living in Wudan, the affected area in China, the Minister stated that they are being monitored closely.

The Minister assured that the People’s republic of China is doing everything humanly possible to ensure that every passenger travelling in and out of China is being screened, more hospitals are being constructed and scientists are not resting on their oars in finding a lasting solution to the disease.

He advised that if anyone should suspect any individual or person he/she should call the following help lines for further directives and necessary action: 08095553232, 09092996283.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93.Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism.He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002.Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013).He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers.He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor.Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.