The Federal Government of Nigeria has initiated a Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to provide high-level strategic national response to the disease in Nigeria. The Federal Ministry of Health has activated an NCDC-led national COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate the national public health response. At State-level, preparedness and response activities are being coordinated through Public Health EOCs in each State.
The NCDC has also launched a campaign themed #TakeResponsibility. This is a call to all Nigerians and residents in the country to join forces and to be proactive in taking greater individual and collective responsibility in preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
This is an effective strategy to reduce physical interaction between people towards reducing the widespread of COVID-19 in a community. The NCDC guidelines on this can be foundHERE
This measure involves strict adherence to;
· Non-contact greetings (avoiding shaking of hands and hugs)
· Maintaining at least 2 metres (5 feet) physical distance between yourself and individuals
· Closure of activities that will cause any form of gathering including schools, houses of worship, and social events
Yes. Currently, there are twenty-nine (29) laboratories in Nigeria that can test for COVID-19 and they are all in the NCDC molecular laboratory network. These are;
Health officials are advised to call 07032864444 for sample transportation and related advice if they have a case that fits the national case definition.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has mandated the use of non-medical face mask/covering for all persons while in public spaces. NCDC has published guidelines on the use of face cloth masks for members of the public. This provides guidance on the effective use of masks by individuals in non-healthcare settings.
Healthcare workers from identified treatment centres are being trained on how to manage COVID-19 cases using approved guidelines.
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, immediately contact your state helpline or the NCDC on 080097000010 (toll-free) for further guidance.
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Currently, there is no evidence that pregnant women are at higher risk of infection or complications from COVID-19. However, due to changes that may occur during pregnancy, pregnant women are always advised to stay at home and adhere strictly to physical distancing measures and hygiene practices. The Federal Ministry, NCDC and partners have published Guidelines for Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers.
The NCDC has published Guidance for Employers and Businesses in Nigeria which can be found here. Effective from the 4th of May 2020, the following measures instituted by the Federal Government will apply nationwide to individuals as well as businesses, employers and employees;
In line with the directive, employers are advised to display signages in office or business premises reminding staff and visitors to maintain good and respiratory hygiene. Encourage sick employees to stay at home if they are unwell. Ensure routine cleaning of high contact areas such as toilets, door handles, telephones.