By Molade Adegbuyi
NIGERIA is commited to ongoing global efforts to halt the spread of Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari, has assured.
He made the commitment in the solidarity messages to leaders of three diplomatic allies of Nigeria, which had recently become victims of the outbreak, pledging Nigeria’s unbroken solidarity with them.
The President on Sunday sent messages to Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Moon Jae-in of Iran and South Korea respectively, and the Prime Minister of Italy, Guiseppo Conte, expressing the Federal Government’s sympathies with them.
Iran, Italy and South Korea had in the last few days recorded some of the highest numbers of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 and some considerably high numbers of death.
In the messages, as captured in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, which was monitored by irohin00dua, President Buhari said the Nigerian government will continue to diligently carry out its duty to the international community by ensuring that the spread of the disease is curtailed.
The President also encouraged Nigerians to continue to show support to citizens of all the countries who are resident in Nigeria.
According to him, “there is no cause for panic. Italy, South Korea and Iran remain Nigeria’s allies in good and bad times.”
Earlier, the Federal Ministry of Health confirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, which was the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.
The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The patient has been clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.