Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe with members of the Rapid Response Team on Coronavirus

Kaduna State has constituted an Emergency Operational Centre (EOC), following the announcement of the first case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19) in Lagos , to respond to any eventuality.

 A press statement issued by the Ministry for Health, stated that the Commissioner, Dr Amina Mohammed Baloni will chair the committee that will run the center, adding that it was set up to respond quickly, in the event of an outbreak of the disease.

It will be recalled that on February 27, 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health had announced that the first case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been discovered in Lagos.

The statement further reiterated that the general public should observe preventive measures as advised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to the Ministry of Health, people should ‘’regularly and thoroughly wash hands with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitisers, maintain at least three to five feet distance between individuals and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.’’

The statement also advised patients who have a history of travel to China, Italy and other countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19, to self isolate for two weeks and report any symptoms of fever, cough, sneezing and difficulty in breathing to medical personnel.

The commissioner added that residents of Kaduna State are encouraged to remain calm while people with such symptoms are  to seek medical attention as the State Government is pooling all resources together to ensure readiness to contain the disease in the event of an outbreak.