By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja
The Chinese government has sent an official guide on treating the deadly virus to authorities of Nigeria despite the fact that no coronavirus case has been confirmed in the country.
The Chinese embassy in Nigeria, in a statement, confirmed that the official guide on coronavirus was shared with Nigeria, and other countries through an official channel.
The treatment guide includes Lab Test Procedure, Epidemic Update and Risk Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Protocol, Management of close contacts, Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation.
“Official Guide Documents on preventing and controlling the novel coronavirus pneumonia have been provided by China National Health Commission to its counterpart in Nigeria and other countries through official channel,” the statement read.
The first case of coronavirus, which is believed to have originated from bats, was recorded in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.
…Vaccine Ready in 18 Months – WHO
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO), has raised the hope of millions of citizens of the world with the assurance that a new vaccine that would cure Coronavirus could be ready in 18 months.
WHO’s Chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus said yesterday in Geneva at a 2-day global research and innovation forum to mobilise international action in response to coronavirus outbreak.
He disclosed that the first vaccine targeting China’s coronavirus could be available in 18 months, adding: “So, we have to do everything, using available weapons”.
He said the virus had been named COVID-19, explaining that it was important to avoid stigma and that other names could be inaccurate.
“The CO stands for corona, the VI for virus and the D for disease. The UN health agency wanted a name that do not refer to a geographical location, animals, an individual or a group of people”, he explained.
China’s National Health Commission said there were 2,478 confirmed new cases in the mainland and 108 additional deaths, most of them in Hubei province.
As of Monday night, the government said a total of 42,638 cases have been confirmed and 1,016 people have died in the country.
The outbreak’s epicentre is in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, affecting 28 countries and territories around the world.