Coronavirus: Lagos, Ogun govt scale up measures to prevent disease outbreak

In a bid to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic, the Nigerian government has scaled up its preventive measures by contacting around 100 people, who might have been exposed to the Italian man that brought the virus to Nigeria.

Reuters reports that Lagos Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, on Sunday, March 1, 2020, said in order to curtail the virus from spreading quickly across the country, the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration and his counterpart in Ogun, Governor Dapo Abiodun has been making collaborative efforts.

Osagie Ehanire

The commissioner said, “It is around 100 people but that number is increasing every minute.

“The number is going up all the time as we find people who were on the flight. We found people who were on the journey to Ogun, in contact with him at the factory and people at the hotel.”

While Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria’s Health Minister, said the Coronavirus patient was responding well to treatment and seemed to be on his way to recovery, President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerians not to panic.

“President Buhari urges Nigerians not to panic about the news of this first case of Covid-19 in our country, as undue alarm would do us more harm than good,” a statement from the presidency read.

Recall that on Thursday, February 27, the first case of Coronavirus in Nigeria was recorded, after an Italian man, whose identity is yet-to-be-identified, made his way into the country through a flight of Turkish Airlines.

The Italian was said to have visited Ogun State, where he fell ill, after which he was brought to Lagos, where he got diagnosed with Coronavirus.

In a new development, it was gathered that the number of people killed by the virus has exceeded 3,000, the vast majority of the figure is from mainland China.

There have also been over 88,000 cases, with infections on every continent except Antarctica.

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