The Federal Government has equipped three laboratories in Nigeria with re-agents capable of detecting any possible case of Coronavirus in the country.
The disease, which first broke out in the Wuhan province of China in December 2019, has infected over 42,708 people and claimed about 1,017 lives.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire who disclosed this on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, to State house correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, said the re-agents and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine used in molecular biology to rapidly make millions to billions of copies of a specific DNA sample were purchased about eight days ago.
The Health Minister noted that “it is instructive to know that there is no case of coronavirus in Nigeria and there is no case reported in Africa”; adding that the laboratories where the machines have been deployed in Lagos, Abuja, and Irrua in Edo sttate have tested two cases of Coronavirus, which turned out negative.
He revealed that for Lassa fever, there have been quite a few incidences that took place in 2020, but the treatment and reporting have also improved.
Dr Ehanire stated that the case fatality rate has dropped to about 15 from 30 per cent.