Two COVID 19 Omicron Variant Cases has been Confirmed in Nigeria.
The NCDC claimed the two examples of the variation were detected by genome sequencing, according to a statement signed by its Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa.
The instances were related to two individuals who entered Nigeria from South Africa last week, according to the centre.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) performs case and genome monitoring for inbound international travellers arriving in the country at its National Reference Laboratory (NRL) in Abuja and its network of additional testing laboratories,” according to the statement.
“Sequencing of samples from COVID-19 positive inbound travellers is presently being done at laboratories around the country with sequencing capacity, and all sequencing data is being shared in publicly accessible databases.”
“As a result of this genomic surveillance, Nigeria’s first cases of the B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 lineage, now known as the COVID 19 Omicron Variant , have been found and verified.” Three people with a history of travel to South Africa had positive samples for this variation in the mandatory two days test for all visitors to Nigeria.
“These individuals arrived in the country during the last week.” Isolation, linkage to clinical care, contact tracing, and other appropriate response activities have all begun. According to the International Health Regulations, arrangements are also being taken to notify the country from which the travel originated.
“Given the growing number of nations reporting this variation, the NCDC estimates Omicron is common worldwide.” As a result, it’s a question of when not if, we’ll find additional cases.
“Through our network of public health laboratories and other collaborators, we continue to grow our sequencing capacity in-country at the NCDC-NRL.” Our primary goal is to complete the sequencing of newly collected samples of SARS-COV-2 positive travellers from all countries, particularly those from countries that have already reported the Omicron variant.
“Since reports of the introduction of this Omicron variation, the Federal Ministry of Health, through the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), has increased public health response efforts to COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has also altered the national travel advise, requiring all inbound travellers to Nigeria to produce a negative COVID-19 test result obtained no more than 48 hours before departure.” Travel requires pre-booking and payment for all COVID-19 PCR testing on days 2 and 7.
“In addition, regardless of destination country regulations, all outbound passengers must produce proof of complete immunization or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no later than 48 hours before departure.”
“As we combat the pandemic and these emerging variants, including the Delta variant, we appeal to Nigerians to strictly adhere to these travel protocols and other public safety measures to protect themselves, their families, friends, and the community at large, and to prevent the fourth wave of COVID-19 in the country.”
“Given the danger of greater transmissibility of the Omicron form, community transmission must be controlled.” The NCDC advises states to make sample collection and testing readily available so that people with symptoms or who have been exposed to a positive case can be tested swiftly in healthcare and other settings.
“This can be accomplished by increasing COVID-19 testing utilizing approved antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) that the NCDC and partners are rolling out, as well as PCR-tests when appropriate.”
“Vaccination also minimizes community transmission, therefore states should continue to run mass vaccination efforts and encourage citizens to take advantage of every opportunity to get vaccinated.”
“Continued transmission, as seen in mainly unvaccinated groups where this novel variety originated, fosters the generation of newer, perhaps more deadly forms.” Interrupting virus transmission is our best protection against the infection and the only way to get back to normal.
“Vaccination and adherence to proven safety precautions such as face masks, regular hand washing, and physical separation are the only ways to do this.”
“We urge business owners, religious leaders, and others in positions of authority to take responsibility for ensuring that persons on their premises follow these guidelines.
“We strongly advise Nigerians to exchange information solely from reliable sources such as the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health. Our country’s safety is contingent on our common responsibilities.”
The novel COVID 19 Omicron Variant strain, also known as the B.1.1.529 lineage, was initially found in Botswana and reported by South Africa.
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