Following the confirmation of the first index case of the novel Coronavirus in the country, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Friday advised citizens to quarantine themselves should they observe symptoms of the virus.
The forum added that citizens should contact the nearest health facility within their states should they suspect symptoms of the virus.
This was contained in a statement issued by its Chairman and Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Fayemi said that the governors had taken note of the first case of COVID-19 case reported in Lagos and had initiated monitoring infrastructure to ensure that quick response and attention was given to anyone showing symptoms.
He said, “Since COVID-19 was designated as a global epidemic, the state governments have been strengthening emergency response preparedness and capabilities in conjunction with the Federal Government and other agencies.
“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.
“We encourage the 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.
“We enjoin citizens not to spread fake news and misinformation that can trigger fear, panic and chaos.
“The Federal Ministry of Health and other designated Federal and State agencies will provide the relevant updates related to the disease.”