The Federal Executive Council, FEC says Nigeria has obtained reagents needed for testing and detection of Corona virus.
Corona virus, found in Wahum, China has spread to the US, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Philippines among others, is a new strain of virus that has not been previously identified in humans.
The Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this to State House correspondents after FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
On why the virus had not been reported in Africa, he said that for a disease to enter a place, somebody or something must carry it. He added that a person could bring a disease while an animal might carry it as in the case of mosquitoes for malaria and rats for Lassa fever.
Minister said that he updated the council on the state of preparedness for the trending problem of Corona virus and also the endemic Lassa fever in Nigeria, adding that the frontline is the port health services while the second line of defence was the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control.