Nigeriaâ€™s premier polling agency, NOI/Gallup Polls has revealed that 7 out of 10 people believed that the government is ill-equipped to handle a possible outbreak of swine flu in the country.
Numerous cases of the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) have been reported around the world, including the United Kingdom.
With constant traffic between the UK and Nigeria and the absence of strict border checks for the virus, concerns are high over Nigeriaâ€™s preparedness to deal with an outbreak of the virus.
The results of the poll revealed that at least one in three (30%) people polled were unaware of the existence of the H1N1 virus. 68% of the respondents however, said they had some knowledge of the virus.
On Nigeriaâ€™s ability to deal with an outbreak, 70% of the respondents who had some knowledge of the virus said they do not believe Nigeria is prepared to deal with an outbreak of swine flu. Only 18% of those who responded to this question believed in Nigeriaâ€™s capability to adequately respond to an outbreak of the virus.
These results are based on telephone interviews with 620 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 16 years and older, across the six geo-political regions of the country. For results based on a sample of this size, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
According to Mr. Ndubuisi Anyanwu, CEO NOI Polls, â€œthis survey is part of the ongoing snap poll exercise conducted by NOI Polls to rapidly assess public sentiments following various social, political or economic events.
NOI Polls is a Nigeria-based opinion research organization which works in technical partnership with Gallup Poll (USA), to conduct periodic opinion polls on various socioeconomic issues in Nigeria.