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Thursday, February 27, 2020

CORONAVIRUS Reported In Lagos As Visiting Italian Tests Positive




From Godwin Akomah, Lagos

An index case of  CORONAVIRUS otherwise called COVID - 19 has been reported in Lagos, Nigeria's first capital and burstling commercial city.

Lagos was also the location where the deadly  Ebola case was first reported in Nigeria in 2014 with Babatunde Fashola as Governor and Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as President of Nigeria at the time.

The highly infectious and deadly COVID - 19 which was first reported in Wuhan, China, where over 74,500 people have been infected with deaths recorded  in over a thousand, an Italian who entered Lagos had  tested positive to COVID - 19, Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi said early Friday morning.

Abayomi in a statement, said the case is about an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit but took ill and subsequently found to have been infected.

The Commissioner urged Lagosians to take safety precautions and not panic, assuring that the situation is under control.

“He fell ill on the 26th February and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing.  COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

“The Government of Lagos State under the Governor as the COVID-19 Incident Commander, through the Lagos State Ministry of Health, has been strengthening measures to ensure that any outbreak in Lagos is controlled and contained quickly in collaboration with the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“We have immediately activated the State Emergency Operations Centre to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

“He fell ill on the 26th February and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing.  COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

“The Government of Lagos State under the Governor as the COVID-19 Incident Commander, through the Lagos State Ministry of Health, has been strengthening measures to ensure that any outbreak in Lagos is controlled and contained quickly in collaboration with the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“We have immediately activated the State Emergency Operations Centre to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.


“I wish to assure all Lagosians and Nigerians that we have been strengthening our preparedness since the first confirmation of cases in China. We will use all the resources made available by the state and the federal government to respond to this case.”

“We are working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he arrived in Nigeria. Please, be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only a mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses.

“All Lagosians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below.”

Abayomi also listed the precautions that should be adopted to stay and live safe.


•Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitises.

•Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

•People coughing persistently or sneezing should stay indoors or keep a social distance, but not mix with a crowd.

•Ensure that you and people around you follow good respiratory hygiene by covering mouths and noses with a handkerchief or tissue while sneezing or coughing.

• You can also sneeze or cough into your sleeve at the bent elbow. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

•Stay indoors if you feel unwell with symptoms, such as fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, the Social Media, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.

He also advised Lagosians against abuse of  social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that could create fear and panic.

“The Lagos State Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Lagos,” he concluded.








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