China has shared its treatment procedure of the coronavirus (Covid-19) with Nigeria, the health minister, Osagie Ehanire, has said.
Mr Ehanire while briefing journalists in Abuja on the newly confirmed case in Lagos on Friday said China had shared with Nigeria some of the treatment knowledge gathered while treating patients with the disease.
Mr Ehanire said China did that out of its good gesture and relationship with the country.
Nigeria on Friday confirmed its first case of the coronavirus disease which originated from China in December and has since spread to over 50 countries.
While Nigeria is just experiencing its first case and the third country in Africa after Egypt and Algeria, who confirmed a case each, many countries in Europe and the Middle East have been reporting the outbreak and deaths from the disease.
Mr Ehanire said “China knows more about the disease and they have made some successful treatments”.
“We have received a lot of cooperation from the ambassador of China who had come to visit twice to reassure us of his commitment and to give us the support in anyway.
“They have sent us a treatment protocol because they have succeeded in treating over four or five thousand people in their country and we have sent the protocol to our centres here to study and add what they already know. They have shared the treatment procedures with Nigeria and this will assist in the treatment of confirmed cases,” he said.
He said this will help the country and the experts will not be fighting blind like China did because the virus is a new one “and it’s behaviour is not yet very well known.
He, however, said the country will also keep watching out for new information and results from ongoing researches on the virus and updating when necessary.
Officially, the exact cure of the disease has not been determined, but over 20,000 infected persons have recovered from the disease in China.