Coronavirus : 39 Quarantined In Ogun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, February 29, 2020

Coronavirus : 39 Quarantined In Ogun

Guest house used by the Italian Coronavirus        Patient

Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

The statistics of people quarantined and kept under close monitoring at an Isolation Centres in Ogun State has risen to 39 on Saturday. The figure was 28 on Friday when it was officially confirmed that the Italian Coronavirus Patient visited Ewekoro plant of Lafarge Africa Plc.

Those quarantined included the driver who conveyed the Italian during his intineries and those that served him food and drinks in the course of the brief stay before his final evacuation to Lagos State.

The guest house where he passed nights as well as the vehicles and ambulance that ferried him, were also quarantined.

Officials from the Ogun state Ministry of  Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) visited Lafarge facility in Ewekoro on Saturday for on spot assessment of the situation.

 Lafarge Industrial Director, who addressed the team, declared that the Italian came to Lafarge facilities in Ewekoro to inspect some installations of machines bought from a Swedish firm and he didn't go behind Lafarge guest at Ishofin Estate.

Soyoye added that the Italian was later evacuated upon suspicion that he has been infected with deadly Coronavirus  having developed abnormal temperature that didn't subside with initial attention given to him.

He said:"The Italian came for a business visit. He was in Lagos on Monday and slept at Airport Hotel, Ikeja. Our driver took him there, and when we observed abrnomal temperatures and symptoms, we quickly instituted an Emergency Response Team which is led by the Company CEO, we have to find a way of analysing and identifying not only the Italian but also the other contacts.  

"The contacts are now 39 and we have quarantined them, the house and clinic as well as the vehicles. We don't take chances that is why they are put there. Today is Day 3, they will be there for 14 days, we will continue to observe them, we have theri database, showing their biodata and other information. The doctor is here and what he is doing is to check them on a regular basis, so far everybody is stable, they are not symptomatic, we are providing everything for them over there.

"The other thing that I have not said is that the clinic that was used for the infected person is closed, disinfected and we moved everybody out, all the guys at duty that day, they were also quarantined, so they will be there for 14 days as well."

However, the Commissioner for Health Tomi Coker, lauded Lafarge Africa management for quick and proactive measures taken so far.

Coker said  it is also imperative for State and Federal Governments to swing into action to contain the spread of the deadly disease. 

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