COVID-19 In Nigeria: 28 Contacts of Italian Patient Quarantined



By Ayo Kehinde




The joint efforts by the Lagos, Ogun and Federal Government to contain the spread of coronavirus following the detected case of the Italian patient currently recuperating at the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital facility, has led to the 28 persons being quarantined.

They are the known contacts of the Italian whom the tracing facility being used by the governments, have identified. Others are still been followed and have been advised to reports for check.

The unnamed Italian, 44, and a consultant to a cement company in Ewekoro, Ogun state, Lafarge Africa Plc, visited the company on Wednesday before he came down with the disease on Thursday.

According to the Ogun state governor Dapo Abiodun and his Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker. the government has ordered the cement company where the patient took ill shut down while two isolation centers have been set up there.

They said; “In the last 12 hours, the first case of the chronic virus has been identified in Nigeria and the individual was visiting Ogun State.

“The individual is of Italian origin and he is a consultant to the Lafarge, Ewekoro factory. They have identified all those that have been in contact with this index, totalling about 28. All those 28 people have been quarantined.”

Coker said “the epidemiologists in state being supported by both Federal and Lagos governments are line listing every contact that this individual has had which means we are going to phone them, get in touch with them, quarantine them and monitor their temperature for two weeks.

“Also, I’m urging us that individually we have to be responsible for our health.

“Every single one of us has to have good respiratory hygiene which means that if we have a cough or we have a cold, we have to cover our mouths with tussles or handkerchiefs and dispose of them responsibly.

“Don’t leave them on surfaces because the virus could still be in those things, use them and dispose of them immediately, don’t put them back in your pockets,” she said.

Meanwhile Lagos has advised residents of the state not to panic as it was on top of the situation. At a press conference on Friday, the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu urged Lagosians to be vigilant and promised to deploy the necessary facility and required personnel to handle the situation.

The virus has killed nearly 3,000 people and infected over 80,000 globally, haven spread to almost 60 countries and still spreading as WHO warned governments to be more proactive in dealing with the virus as a responsibility to their citizens.