The Lagos State Government has launched an Incident Command System as a part of efforts to stop an outbreak of the fast-spreading Coronavirus within the state.
In an announcement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Gboyega Akosile, the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi defined that the virus is a brand new pathogen to the human race and as such, analysis continues to be ongoing on the right way to arrest it.
Abayomi, nevertheless, warned residents towards rumour-mongering noting that no case of the virus has been present in Lagos.
While launching the Incident Command System, the governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, stated the measure is to not stigmatise residents of any nation however a precautionary one taken within the curiosity of the folks.
The command system may have the governor because the Incident Commander whereas the Commissioner for Health will function the Deputy Incident Commander.
Also in accordance with the Governor, different related well being professionals along side the Federal Ministry of Health, could be deployed to the Lagos International Airport for a better stage of monitoring.
Beyond that, he additionally assured the general public that Government and Non-Governmental Organisations will proceed to escalate communication and create public consciousness.
“What we have started to do is to have what we call a heightened state concern on the Coronavirus. We are not declaring an emergency in any form but creating a heightened state concern,” he stated.
“Also, the Honourable Commissioner through his Ministry will identify relevant health professionals that would, in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health, be deployed to our International Airports in Lagos where we would see a higher level of monitoring as well as an organised level of incidence reporting layout.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu stated though the workforce expects folks to be self-quarantined, the state will perform a supervised quarantine the place particulars about immigrants will likely be taken on the level of entry whereas the workforce will do day by day follow-ups by way of telephone calls to determine people for a interval of two weeks.
According to the Governor, the command will likely be in operation for the time frame that the chance lasts. He assured that ample preparation has been carried out to deal with the virus.
“This command will go on until when we believe and we have been given assurance that we have a stable and controlled environment but in the meantime, these exercises are going to be put in place and we are going to start things immediately,” he stated.
“I also want to mention that we have started providing both human and material logistics required for this exercise.
“All of our major General Hospitals are also being prepared in event of an outpour into any of them. The hospitals in the mainland have tents coming up and extensive resources are being put in that particular health facility for them to be on standby in case of any suspected or identified case.”
Abayomi additional added that the WHO has declared the novel coronavirus a worldwide well being concern, saying this can make the state authorities step up its scrutiny of travellers coming in from probably the most affected areas.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; the Consul General of People’s Republic of China, Chu Moaming and the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Jaji have been among the many dignitaries current on the occasion.