Professor Akin Abayomi

The first case of COVID-19 in Nigeria has been confirmed in Lagos.

The patient, an Italian, arrived Lagos from Milan on the 25th of February.

He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, which is part of the Laboratory Network at the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.

He has since been transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing.

In a statement signed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, the patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

According to Abayomi, the State government, 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-sectorial 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”, the Commissioner said.

Abayomi further stated 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.

While urging Lagos residents to take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, Abayomi advised them to maintain, at least, one and a half meters (5 feet) distance with anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

He also urged anyone coughing or sneezing persistently to stay indoors or keep a social distance, but not mix with a crowd.

Urging residents to 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, Abayomi gave the Lagos State Emergency hotlines 08023169485, 08033565529 and 08052817243 as numbers residents can call for further enquiries.




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