COVID’19 THREAT – HELPING NIGERIA STAND

The COVID’19 outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020.1 COVID’19 spread from Wuhan, China till it reached even the recesses of Africa. Nigeria confirmed its first COVID’19 case on 27th February. Since then; the number of infected persons has reason slowly but steadily to over 200, although the number of deaths is still below ten.2

There has been lots of concern and predictions about what the large scale destruction the virus will have in poorer countries. The Nigerian government was pictured on Twitter asking Tesla to include her in the free kits distribution Tesla was planning.3 Additionally, the Minister of Health just announced that China will be sending supplies and a medical team to the country.

The core of the model for preventing the spread of the corona virus has been to reduce human contact through social distancing and stay at home. Additionally, personal hygiene measures such as hand washing or the use of hand sanitizers have been advocated. Consensus has not been reached on whether it is necessary for uninfected persons in the society to wear nose masks. Most professionals advise that it is unnecessary to wear masks. They cite the false sense of security and possible improper use as reasons for discouraging its use.

As part of our contribution to fighting the spread of the virus in Nigeria, we just concluded a training session for fifteen birth attendants in Enugu, Nigeria. We also donated hand sanitizers, sanitary buckets, hand gloves and nose masks. The training emphasized the proper donning of the PPEs, and the need for personal hygiene and social distancing.

We are grateful to all our supporters and donors who made this possible. You have contributed immensely to help fight the COVID’19 threat in Nigeria. Our heartfelt wish is that this will be over soon.

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