NCDC announces 877 new cases of COVID-19
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has placed Nigeria at moderate risk of an Ebola Virus Disease outbreak after assessing the risks associated with the virus.
The health agency stated this on its official website in a statement titled “public health advisory following the declaration of Ebola disease outbreak in the Guinea”.
According to the alert, the Emerging Viral Haemorrhagic Diseases Working Group (EVHDWG) has carried out a risk assessment on the possibility of transmission of the virus to Nigeria.
It explained that given the proximity of Guinea to Nigeria and other West African countries as well as other indicators, Nigeria has been placed at moderate risk of an EVD outbreak. The outputs from this risk assessment are being used to initiate preparedness activities in-country.
NCDC noted its awareness of the declaration of an Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, on the 14th of February 2021. The cases and deaths were reported in the N’zerekore region of the country. The cases were detected among seven people who attended the burial of a nurse on the 1st of February 2021.
In the report NCDC said following the declaration of the outbreak, the Guinean government has initiated response activities. The World Health Organization (WHO), Africa Centres for Disease Control (ACDC), and West African Health Organisation (WAHO) have announced that they are supporting the country’s response activities. The Government of Guinea has begun processes to access the global stockpile of vaccines for EVD, from the Vaccine International Coordinating Group (ICG).
The NCDC has an existing multisectoral National Emerging Viral Haemorrhagic Diseases Working Group (EVHDWG). This group coordinates preparedness efforts for EVD and other emerging viral hemorrhagic diseases. The EVHDWG has carried out a risk assessment on the possibility of transmission of the virus to Nigeria. Given the proximity of Guinea to Nigeria and other West African countries as well as other indicators, Nigeria has been placed at moderate risk of an EVD outbreak. The outputs from this risk assessment are being used to initiate preparedness activities in-country.
Several measures have been put in place to prevent and mitigate the impact of a potential EVD outbreak in Nigeria. A National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) operating from NCDC’s Incident Coordination Centre (ICC) is on alert mode. We have a team of first responders on standby, ready to be deployed within 24 hours in the event of an EVD outbreak in Nigeria. We have also established testing capacity for EVD at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory. The NCDC will continue working with states to strengthen preparedness activities across the country.
The centre advised the public to adhere to precautions to prevent the virus assuring that the Port Health Services of the Federal Ministry of Health has scaled up screening at points of entry. The NCDC will also scale up risk communications and other activities.
Meanwhile, the NCDC announced 877 new cases of COVID-19 virus in the country with 16 deaths this brings the total number of confirmed cases to 150,246.
The report posted on the official website of the NCDC showed the 877 confirmed cases were reported in 26 states. Lagos had the highest number of infection with 273 followed by Kaduna with 87 cases then Rivers-58, Akwa Ibom-47; Ebonyi-47; Edo-46; Ogun-46; Abia-3; 4Imo-34; Kano-34 Oyo-26 Osun-22 Gombe-20 Ekiti-19; Cross River-15; FCT-15; Plateau-11; Enugu-9; Kebbi-8, Borno-7; Niger-; 6Bayelsa; 5Nasarawa-4; Kwara-2; Katsina-1 and Sokoto state with 1.
The total number of death so far now 1803 and the number of discharged now 126,417 as at 18th February 2021.
“Our discharges today include 275 community recoveries in Lagos State and 91 community recoveries in Kwara State managed in line with guidelines.” The NCDC announced.