- Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reacted to the outbreak of coronavirus in Lagos
- The governor said that the government is working with all relevant agencies to slow the advance of the disease
- Sanwo-Olu urged residents in the state not to fear, but to apply utmost hygiene which he believes is the best response to the epidemic
Following the first recorded case of coronavirus in Lagos through an Italian man from Milan on Thursday, February 27, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called on residents in the state not to resort to panic as their response.
Apart from stating that the government has begun tracking those who had physical contact with the Italian national, Governor Sanwo-Olu also said that surveillance officers have been stationed in all local government and local council development areas of the state.
he also mentioned that tracking mechanisms to enhance the functions of the operatives have already been activated.
The governor said that the state, in collaboration with the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), the federal government and all relevant bodies, is doing its utmost to fight against the spread of the disease.
Sanwo-Olu, in his advised to Lagosians, said that strict personal hygiene remains the best preventive measure to be encouraged and followed.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal ministry of health had confirmed the first case of the disease in Nigeria.
The case, which was confirmed on Thursday, February 27 is the first to be reported in the country since the beginning of the outbreak the viral disease in China in January.
The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday, February 25.
A statement signed by the minister of health, Dr Osagie Enahire, said the case was confirmed by the virology laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos,” the statement noted.
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The NCDC had activated its national emergency operations centre to work closely with Lagos state health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.
“I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case,” the minister stated.
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