The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said Nigeria confirmed an excess of 250,000 coronavirus cases and recorded over 3,000 deaths within the last two years.
The NCDC, in a statement, said Nigeria had learnt major lessons in its bid to strengthen its health system to cope with other infectious diseases and future health emergencies.
- COVID-19: Two years after Nigeria’s index case
- FG begins Johnson & Johnson single dose COVID-19 vaccination
“This makes it critical to learn from lessons taught by this pandemic to strengthen preparedness and response to other diseases in line with our mandate. We have continued to face outbreaks of cholera and Lassa fever concurrently with the COVID-19 pandemic”.
February 27 marked exactly two years since the first case of coronavirus disease was detected in Nigeria. The NCDC said coronavirus still remained a global reality with the risk of emergence of dangerous variants despite the prevailing pandemic fatigue.
The centre said it was building on lessons from responding to the pandemic in the last two years to strengthen health security in the country.
“We all have the responsibility to encourage and continue to hold authorities accountable to sustain interest and investment in healthcare in general and particularly for health security,” it said.