Scientists and public health officials are working hard to identify the source of the SARS-CoV-2 which is the virus that causes COVID-19. The initial transmission appeared to be from an animal source, but there has been person-to-person transmission in countries.
In line with the national case definition, the following people can be tested for COVID-19 in Nigeria;
For people in either of these categories, you must self-isolate and call your state hotline or the NCDC toll-free line immediately on 080097000010. The State Ministry of Health supported by NCDC will arrange for sample collection and transportation to the laboratory.
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.