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Breaking: LASG confirms first Coronavirus case in Nigeria

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Lagos State Government has confirmed the first case of Coronavirus, assuring residents the patient has been quarantined.
The State Government added the patient entered Nigeria on 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit and while in the State fell ill next day, 26th February.
Worried by the Italian illness, the medical outfit he visited conducted a test which proved positive and transfered him to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing.
Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, who confirmed the first case, disclosed that the case has reported to the Federal Ministry of Health, for assistance.
He said: “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 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)”.
The Commissioner stressed that to prevent it from spreading, the State Emergency Operations Centre has been activated to respond and implement firm control measures.
Abayomi added that the reason for quick response was that “control plans have been strengthened since the first case was confirmed 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 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:
” Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
“Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between you apnd 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. Please call Lagos State Emergency hotlines 08023169485 or 08033565529 or 08052817243 which are available day and night.
“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.
“Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes 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”.

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