A file picture of Lagos State Commissioner for Well being, Professor Akin Abayomi. Picture: Twitter- @ProfAkinAbayomi
The Lagos State authorities has urged residents to stay calm following the confirmed case of novel coronavirus within the state.
The Commissioner for Well being within the state, Professor Akin Abayomi, made the attraction in a press release on Friday.
“All Lagosians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families,” he mentioned.
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This comes barely at some point after the Federal Ministry of Well being introduced that one individual has been confirmed to be contaminated with the virus.
The case, which was confirmed on February 27, includes an Italian citizen who got here into Nigeria on Tuesday from Milan, Italy for a quick enterprise go to.
He was mentioned to have fallen in poor health the subsequent day and transferred to the Lagos State Biosecurity Services for isolation and testing.
Professor Abayomi, who spoke on behalf of the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, revealed that the case was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos College Educating Hospital, part of the Laboratory Community of the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC).
He, nonetheless, famous that the affected person was clinically secure with no severe signs whereas the case was being managed on the Infectious Illness Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
On actions taken, the commissioner mentioned the federal government has been strengthening measures to make sure that any outbreak in Lagos was managed and contained rapidly.
He added that this was being completed in collaboration with the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the NCDC.
“We’ve instantly activated the State Emergency Operations Centre to reply to this case and implement agency management measures.
“I want to guarantee all Lagosians and Nigerians that now we have been strengthening our preparedness because the first affirmation of instances in China.
“We are going to use all of the sources made obtainable by the State and the Federal Authorities to reply to this case. We’re working to determine all of the contacts of the affected person since he arrived in Nigeria,” he mentioned.
Professor Abayomi knowledgeable residents that most individuals who develop into contaminated may expertise solely a light sickness and get well simply whereas it could possibly be extra extreme in others, notably the aged and individuals with different underlying continual sicknesses.
He urged them to clean their arms with cleaning soap and water usually and totally, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
The commissioner additionally suggested residents to take care of a minimum of one and half metres (5 ft) distance with anybody coughing or sneezing, whereas these coughing persistently, or sneezing ought to keep indoors and never combine with the gang.
He requested them to observe good respiratory hygiene by protecting mouths and noses with a handkerchief or tissue whereas sneezing or coughing.
The assertion mentioned, “Keep indoors when you really feel unwell with signs, reminiscent of fever, cough and issue in respiratory.
“Please name Lagos State Emergency hotlines 08023169485 or 08033565529 or 08052817243 which can be found day and night time.
“Keep knowledgeable on the newest developments about COVID-19 via official channels on TV and Radio, the Social Media, together with the Lagos State Ministry of Well being, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Well being.
“Residents should not abuse social media and take pleasure in spreading misinformation that causes concern and panic.
“The Lagos State Ministry of Well being, in collaboration with Nigeria Centre for Illness Management, will proceed to offer updates and can provoke all measures required to forestall the unfold of any outbreak in Lagos.”