PAN AFRICAN JOURNAL OF LIFE SCIENCES
Volume 4, No. 1, April 2020
More Preparedness on Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) in Nigeria
AbdulAzeez A. Anjorin
Department of Microbiology (Virology Research) Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria
Background: Accor ding to W orld Health Or ganisation (W HO) Afr o data, the num ber of cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic currently ravaging the universe with its catastrophic effects on man nearly doubled in number from 633 to 1187 in Africa within three days between 19th and 22nd of March, 2020. Currently, there are more than 3400 positive cases from 46 countries and over 90 deaths recorded in about 20 African countries. The first death in sub-Saharan Africa was recorded in Burkina Faso on Wednesday (18 Mar 2020) of a female patient aged 62, with underlying diabetes while the second death was in Gabon on Friday (20 Mar 2020) followed by the third death in Democratic Republic of Congo on that same Friday (20 Mar 2020). However, Nigeria recorded her first death on the 21st March, 2020. Hence, there is an urgent need for African countries including Nigeria to re-strategise in expanding its current case detection, isolation and establishment of pre-case index plan possibly in different locations. This review points out some of the needed actions and required expansion in Nigeria which may be applied elsewhere.
Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Preparedness, Nigeria, African-region