The first case of the deadly virus, COVID-19 popularly known as CORONAVIRUS has been reported in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.
The Ministry of Health in Lagos State just confirmed this to be true and has been reported to the Federal Ministry of Health.
An Italian who travelled to Lagos had a positive result, said the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, in a statement this morning.
The commissioner’s statement said: “The case is of an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on February 25, coming from Milan, Italy, for a brief business visit.
“He fell ill on February 26 and was transferred to the Lagos state biosafety facility for isolation and testing. The infection by COVID-19 was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the University Hospital of Lagos, part of the Laboratory Network of the Disease Control Center of Nigeria.
“The patient is clinically stable, without severe symptoms and is being treated at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
“The Lagos state government, under the governor as 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 multisectoral preparation of the coronavirus. Group, led by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
“We immediately activated the State Center for Emergency Operations to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.”
“I want to assure all Lagosian and Nigerians that we are strengthening our preparation since the first confirmation of cases in China. We will use all resources made available by the state and the federal government to respond to this case. “
“We are working to identify all the patient’s contacts since he arrived in Nigeria. Remember that most infected people can experience only a mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in other people, especially the elderly and people with other underlying chronic illnesses.
“All Lagosians must take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below.”
The precautions listed by Abayomi are;
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Keep at least 1 meter and a half (5 feet) between you and anyone coughing or sneezing.
- People who persistently cough or sneeze should stay indoors or maintain a social distance, but should not mix with the crowd.
- Make sure that you and the people around you follow good respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or tissue while sneezing or coughing. You can also sneeze or cough the sleeve on your bent elbow. Then, dispose of used fabric immediately.
- Stay indoors if you do not feel well with symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
- Stay informed about the latest developments on COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, on social media, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.
He also urged Lagos residents not to abuse social media and spread the wrong information that causes fear and panic, ensuring that relevant agencies are mobilized.
The statement added: “The Lagos State Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all necessary measures to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Lagos.”
Please call Lagos State Emergency Hotlines in case of any emergency: 08023169485, 08033565529 or 08052817243, these numbers are available both day and night.