By Haruna Gimba
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said over 3000 COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in Nigeria in the last two years since the index case was recorded in the country.
This was contained in a statement released on Monday by the NCDC, in commemoration of the second anniversary of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria.
The first case of the virus was detected in Nigeria on February 27, 2020.
According to the NCDC, Nigeria has since then confirmed an excess of over 250,000 cases, with over 3,000 deaths.
The statement was titled “Two Years of COVID-19 Response: Building on Lessons from COVID-19 to Strengthen Nigeria’s Health Security for the Future.”
The agency said it has learnt a major lesson on strengthening “the country’s health system to cope with other infectious diseases and future health emergencies.”
The NCDC said: “On Sunday, February 27th, 2022, Nigeria marked exactly two years since the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first detected. This was largely aided by the prompt notification of health authorities by an astute attending physician. Since then, Nigeria has confirmed an excess of 250,000 cases, recorded over 3,000 deaths.”
The agency said the COVID-19 pandemic response has recorded the largest political commitment in the history of health system development in Nigeria due to its global relevance and impact on our economy.
This the NCDC added that has provided opportunities for prioritising health on the political agenda and attracting the required future investment in health security.