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Nigerian governors speak on emergence of coronavirus

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has announced plan to deploy massive resources towards forestalling the spread of Coronavirus.

The first case in Nigeria was recorded in Lagos on Thursday and the federal government has warned against increase in prices of protective products.

In a statement at the weekend, NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, said that the governors have initiated monitoring infrastructure to ensure that quick response and attention was given to anyone showing symptoms.

Fayemi assured that resources would be deployed across states to contain further spread of the virus.

He urged citizens to desist from the spread of fake news and misinformation “that can trigger fear, panic and chaos”.

He noted that since coronavirus was designated as a global epidemic, state governments have been strengthening emergency response preparedness and capabilities in conjunction with the Federal Government and other agencies.

“In response to the first case reported, the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has already activated its National Emergency Operations Centre and is working closely with Lagos State Ministry of Health.

“The goal is to respond to this case and implement firm control measures to prevent spread.

“As a forum of proactive Governors, we have initiated monitoring infrastructure in all states to ensure that quick response and attention is given to anyone showing symptoms of the disease,” he said.

Th statement encouraged citizens to self-quarantine if they notice symptoms related to the viral disease and contact the nearest health facility within the states.

“We will deploy all resources available to respond and contain further spread of the virus”, Fayemi added.

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