Horror! Coronavirus Lands in Africa

Horror! Coronavirus Lands in Africa

Saturday, February 1, 2020 7:05 pm

File: Combating Coronavirus in China. Credit, New York Times

In its hideous tour of the world, with a first visit to China, the Coronavirus pandemic has landed in Africa. The first in its dark itinerary, unfortunately, is Republic of Botswana, a southern Africa country which, according to The Cable, has announced that it registered its first ever suspected case on January 30, stating that the suspected case was registered at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport.

Malaki Tshipayagae, Director Health Services in the country, according to the report, made this known in a statement on Saturday.

In the statement, Mr Tshipayagae stated that the suspected case was registered at the airport upon arrival via Ethiopian Airways from China.

It stated that the suspect case is still under isolation at Block 8, Clinic and investigations are on-going.

“The Ministry of Health and wellness advises those who will be traveling to observe the following precautions:

“If traveling, practice good hygiene and avoid infected and crowded places.

“If you experience fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, fatigue and headache seek medical attention and share travel history with the healthcare providers.

“Passengers and crew members who experience symptoms while traveling should stop at the nearest destination for prompt health care assistance.

“Make sure that you are screened at points of entry for early diagnosis and treatment,” it stated.

In the statement, the Republic of Botswana’s Health Ministry stated that it would continue to monitor the situation closely in consultation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and would keep the public updated.

It stated that for further information, members of the public should visit the nearest health facility or call these numbers: +267-3632574 or +237 800 600 740.

Nigerian Cable news online Reported that the world Health Organization (WHO) had on Friday listed Nigeria and some twelve Africa countries as being at higher risk of the Coronavirus penetration.

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