Coronavirus: Expert urges government to increase public awareness

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A consultant in Infectious Diseases, Dr Iorhen Akase, has said increased public education on disease prevention is the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases.

 

Akase, of the Department of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), spoke on Monday with Journalists in Lagos.

 

He said public education was important in controlling epidemic, adding that preparedness should not just be about the hospitals and ministries of health.

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The consultant advised that sensitisation and awareness campaign should be high at the national, state, local and facility level to ensure that everyone was abreast with the symptoms and preventive measures to stay safe.

 

Akase stressed the importance of being ready and alert while advising people to avoid practice that would endanger others.

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It was gathered  that the novel coronavirus (known as 2019-nCoV) was first reported in Wuhan City, China, on December 31, 2019, and has since been detected in ten other countries, including Thailand, Japan, France and the US.

 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as at January 26, 2020, there has been 2014 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV, and at least 56 people have died from the virus which is from the same family as SARS and the common cold.

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