Coronavirus : 28 Quarantined In Ogun, Factory Shut Down Over Italian Visit - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, February 28, 2020

Coronavirus : 28 Quarantined In Ogun, Factory Shut Down Over Italian Visit

From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

No fewer than 28 persons have been quarantined in Ogun state for having contact with the Italian Coronavirus patient while the factory he visited in the state has also been shut down indefinitely.

The Italian visited Ewekoro in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State on Wednesday, took ill and was treated in a Clinic within the factory he visited but later relocated to Lagos using special ambulance service on suspicion that he was carrying the virus.

Governor Dapo Abiodun who disclosed this at a news conference on Friday, advised the public not to panic as the situation is under control.

Abiodun said Emergency Operation Centres have been established at Oke - Mosan to handle emergency cases  while 20 surveillance centres have also been set up across the State's 20 Local Government Areas.

The Governor added that the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, earlier designated as an Isolation Centre, would also be upgraded to Virus Security centre(Bio - Security Centre) with the help of Officials of the Federal Ministry of Health who have since arrived the state.

He  added that measures were also in place to get in touch with people that have had contact with the established index case - both primary and secondary contacts,  urging  the public to take personal hygiene serious at this peculiar time.

Meanwhile, Lafarge Africa Plc, a cement manufacturing giant has come out to admit that it was the company the Italian Coronavirus patient  visited, also explaining that it has dentified those who had contact with the guy.

Lafarge said  the Italian, who is the first case of coronavirus in Nigeria, was at its plant in Ewekoro, Ogun state.

Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, the Spokesperson of the company, made  this known in a statement on Friday.

She stated: “The Lagos State Government has reported a first case of n-COVID19 (Coronavirus) in Nigeria. The individual concerned works for a vendor that provides services to Lafarge Africa Plc in Ogun State,” the statement read.

“As a business, we have immediately identified the persons who had direct contact with the concerned individual. We have equally initiated isolation, quarantine and disinfection protocol.

“We thank the exemplary leadership of the federal ministry of health, Ogun and Lagos State Governments for swiftly providing response and testing facilities and we are working in full co-operation with all local authorities. 

"Lafarge Africa is also working in close partnership with International SOS, our medical service provider, a leading global health company. Health and Safety remains a core value at Lafarge Africa and we intend to leverage this strength at this critical time.”

However, Dr Clement Peter, the Officer-in-Charge of World Health Organisation (WHO) in Nigeria, has lauded Federal Government’s efforts for her  “timely response to the first case of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in the country."

Peter in a news conference in Abuja for an update on the disease, commended Nigerian Government for prompt action. The press briefing was  organised by the Federal Ministry of Health on Friday.

The WHO officer said :“it is commendable that Nigeria speedily detected the case and is addressing the matter in Lagos.

“We have been working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to provide support on how to control spread.

“I am proud to say that NCDC is one of the best control centres in Africa and we will continue to partner with the centre to address the situation.

“Now that we have a reported case in Nigeria, what is important is control and we will also facilitate other partners to support Nigeria.”

The official, however, called on journalists to report the virus accurately and to inform the public on the right things to do to prevent infection.

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