By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
A General Health practitioner, Doctor Femi Aiyemowa has urged Nigerians to embrace handwashing culture more than ever, as part of measures in preventing the newly discovered deadly Coronavirus, discovered in China last month.
He urged the government to beef up security at various entry points of the nation so as to prevent infected individuals from spreading the virus.
Aiyemowa gave this advice while speaking with Western Post in a telephone interview on Thursday.
He said, “This virus was recently discovered last month in China but because China is a vibrant business hub where people go frequently for business transactions, it gives the need for more security alertness on part of the government to beef up checks at airports and other important entry points.
“The diseases thrive easily in this kind of weather (Hamarttan season). It’s advisable we drink a lot of clean water and develop habit of fruit consumption.
“It’s a communicable disease. If an infected person sneezed on bears hand, shakes another person, it’s possible he or she contact the diseases through that process.
“Another way in which the diseases could be contacted is, if a contacted person sneezes in an uncautious way in a highly-populated room, the diseases could be contacted. This makes it very important for us to wash our hands frequently and thoroughly.”
He said the virus could be contacted by inhalation and advised people to distance themselves from anyone who has upper airways infection, anyone sneezing, coughing or has catarrh.
He enjoined people to stay away from anyone or the direction in which the person exhibiting the aforementioned symptoms sneezes.
He explained that “The symptoms can be likened to fever, catarrh difficulty in breathing,sore throat then it can affect the whole body system before it could lead to death it would have been in the body system for a minimum of three weeks.
“It’s a complex disease. So if any anyone observed severe catarrh or other symptoms mentioned above let him or her go and see a doctor.”
According to him, “there are two ways in preventing this deadly virus. Which are on path of the government and individual. Government should be vigilant especially at the point of entry, people that have fluids should be handled with suspicion.
“For individual, anyone who has upper airways infection should use handkerchief while sneezing,if you see anyone sneezing around you just move away from that person.
Aiyemowa, however, said the virus doesn’t develop immediately, most times it takes three to four days before developing.
According to World Health Organization Coronaviruses (CoV) are large families of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known Coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.