Before the confirmation of the first coronavirus case in Nigeria, citizens and experts had wanted strategic preparation for the containment of virus that has killed thousands of people and leaving many struggling with its various symptoms. On February 27, 2020, Nigeria, New Zealand and Lithuania joined other countries that have recorded cases of the virus. With the confirmed of the new cases, the World Health Organisation says epidemic could get ‘out of control’. The global health management’s position has been reinforced with the latest report that the virus is reappearing in discharged patients.
In Nigeria, “the patient is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria who returned from Milan to Lagos on the 25th at February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, which is part of the Laboratory Network at the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.”
As citizens and other stakeholders await the positive response of the Federal government, state governments, the Ministries of Health and National Centre for Disease Control, our analyst believes there is a need to explore the Flash Playbook earlier developed for the restrain of global virus.
This is imperative as public concerns and interest in the virus grow. According to our analysis, cumulative interest in understanding coronavirus in Nigeria was more than those found for coronavirus in Lagos. We also found a high level of interest in knowing what the National Centre for Disease Control and the Federal Ministry of Health are doing regarding the restraint of the virus spread. Within the last 24 hours that formed analysis period, how does coronavirus spread and symptoms of the virus have been sought mainly by people in Lagos.
Apart from the searches, we equally discovered that the interest in the virus within Nigeria was on the high threshold among the people in Enugu, Plateau. Rivers, Oyo and Delta states. While this continues to grow, we found that Nigerians and other nationals in Abuja, Lagos, Nasarawa and Oyo have sought information about the place of the Federal Ministry of Health and National Centre for Disease Control in containing the virus spread across the country.
Exhibit 1: First Case of Coronavirus in Nigeria
Exhibit 2: Public Interest in Coronavirus in Lagos
Exhibit 3: Coronavirus in Nigeria
Exhibit 4: Public Interest in Federal Ministry of Health
Exhibit 5: Public Interest in National Centre for Disease Control