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COVID-19: Virologist advises FG to look inwards

A virologist, Prof. Mathew Kolawole, advised on Monday that Nigeria needed to look inwards in dealing with the novel coronavirus.

Kolawole, who is the Director of the Institute of Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology at the University of Ilorin, said that Nigeria needed to take responsibility in dealing with the virus, due to its high level of transmissibility.

The don, who gave the advice while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, noted that the virus had been with humanity, recalling that a research had reported a strain of the virus in Nigeria in 2017.

Kolawole, who was recently appointed into the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19, affirmed that “it is not new to us, this virus has been with us.

“It is just that we have this novel strain of coronavirus which is in circulation globally.

“We have reported coronavirus OC’23 strain in Nigeria. The research was conducted in a group”.

On the transmission modes, the don pointed out that from the study and investigation carried out in 2017, over-crowding had been found to be responsible for the spread of the disease.

He stated that regulations of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation’s guidelines also stated the need to keep social distance.

“We need to look at the transmission modes of the virus, particularly the one that has to do with the fact that we need to prevent overcrowding.

“Part of the study/investigation that we did in 2017 makes the risk factor established, over-crowding has been adduced to the spread of coronavirus.’’

Kolawole stressed the need for Nigerians to adhere strictly to all precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We need to be careful, follow all the indoor precautions, particularly the ones that have to do with the spread of the virus.”

He, however, lamented that some Nigerians were taking the virus to be unreal, warning that the COVID-19 strain in Nigeria was the severe strain.

“Nigerians must take this issue seriously. I have heard people saying that coronavirus is not true.”

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