No cause for alarm over Coronavirus outbreak – Lagos Governor

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says there is no cause for alarm following the reported case of COVID-19 also known as Coronavirus in the State.

At a at a press conference at the State House, Marina, Governor Sanwo-Olu said that effort is ongoing to trace those who had contacts with the patient that developed the symptoms in Ogun State, where he earlier had a business meeting.

He mentioned that the patient arrived in Lagos from Milan, Italy, on Monday without symptoms, but was later referred to Lagos after exhibiting the signs, but was first treated at the Company’s facilities, in Ogun State.

He noted that the State is constantly in touch with the National Centre for Disease Control, Federal Government and all other stakeholders while surveillance, Monitoring and containment would be intensified.

While urging citizens and residents not to panic, Sanwo-Olu said the patient, who is currently quarantined is in stable condition as surveillance officers have been stationed in all the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas to prevent further spread.

The governor said tracking mechanisms have also been activated with the support of relevant authorities to identify possible contacts with the patients, while a number of staff in the company where he is working in Ogun State and the two hotels where he lodged on arrival in both states were under surveillance and necessary test being conducted.

Response mechanism
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi said Lagos has a sophisticated Response Mechanism and that as at now, government had activated its Disease Control Centre with an eighty bed facility with plans to scale it up to contain the spread of the Virus.

The Commissioner challenged people on preventive measures through observing proper personal and environmental hygiene.

He urged residents of the State to exercise a high level of suspicion at all times, especially for those just arriving the Country and report any suspected case through the following help lines, 08033565529, 08052817243 or 08023169485.