The Nigerian government announced Thursday the inauguration of a ministerial expert advisory committee, consisting of eminent virologists, public health experts, infectious disease and diagnostic experts to manage the COVID-19 outbreak.
The committee was set up to study the evolution and development of the COVID-19 outbreak and the responses in Nigeria, to enable identifying and adopting more effective strategies and align the country’s COVID-19 response plans with best practices and advisories, Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire said in a statement.
Ehanire said the propagated social measures of distancing and postponement of non-essential travels have had only limited success due to lockdown violations and other risk behavior practices by some Nigerians.
He expressed concerns about the sharp increase of COVID-19 positive cases and purported unexplained deaths in northwest state of Kano.
“Multidisciplinary technical experts will assess the needs and the design for on-site capacity building for state teams and advise on the states’ response and preparedness plan,” he added.
The minister enjoined all to adhere to the stipulated advisories issued for staying protected at all times. He restated that arresting the spread of this virus requires individual and collective efforts.
Nigeria on Wednesday confirmed 196 new cases of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 1,728.
Since the outbreak, a multi-sectoral emergency operations center, led by Nigeria Center for Disease Control, has been meeting to coordinate response to the pandemic in the country. Enditem