The Nigerian Government said it has received a protocol from the Chinese government to treat people infected with the new coronavirus.
Health Minister Osagie Ehanire disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Abuja after the confirmed case of the virus in Lagos.
He explained that the government of China, where the first case of coronavirus was reported, has managed to treat thousands of people infected with the virus.
“We received a lot of cooperation; already two visits by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria to assure us of his commitment and to support us in any way.
“They sent us a treatment protocol because they successfully treated more than 5,000 people in their country,” the minister told reporters at the secretariat of the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja.
Ehanire spoke at a press conference in the company of the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, and senior ministry officials about measures being implemented to curb the spread of the disease.
Nigerians woke up on Friday to news of the confirmed coronavirus case, involving an Italian citizen who arrived in the country for a brief business visit on Tuesday.
It was said that the patient fell ill the next day and was transferred to the Lagos state biosafety facility for isolation and testing.
In his briefing, the minister explained that the Italian citizen had reported in a hospital in Ogun State, where he was sent to Lagos after testing negative for malaria.
He added that the patient was moved in a special ambulance driven by a well-equipped driver.
Upon arriving at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), the Italian tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to the minister, the Federal Government is well prepared and works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to contain the disease,
He revealed that the government approved and disbursed all necessary funds from the Port Health Services and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), which he described as the country’s first and second lines of defense against the coronavirus.
“The federal government released every amount that the NCDC and port health services requested,” said Ehanire.
The minister added that the Porto Health Services received more than N70 million, while the NCDC received N620 million.
He also admitted that they used to have very few reagents to diagnose the virus, but improved the supply of the substances.