No case of coronavirus in Lagos – Health Commissioner

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi has assured residents that there is no case of the novel coronavirus in the state.

This comes after suspicions that some Chinese people who had arrieved Gowon Estate in the Alimosho Local Government Area of the state, from Wuhan, had contracted the disease.

In a statement on Wednesday, the commissioner clarified that the speculation is false, after the ministry investigated the matter through its surveillance team.

“There are no suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Lagos State contrary to fake news being circulated in the media”, he said.

“In a bid to further investigate the rumour, the surveillance team of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Alimosho community stakeholders were in Gowon Estate and its environs – the alleged scene of the suspected cases, on February 9, 2019”, the commissioner added.

“The team interrogated residents living in and around Osoba Street in Alaguntan Ward, Segun Majekodunmi Street and other randomly selected houses in Alimosho but there were no Chinese nationals residing or carrying on business in and around any of the streets and communities visited.”

Abayomi added that the team also interrogated the Chairman of Gemade Estate, who was known to have affiliations with Chinese expatriates but discovered that the six Chinese expatriates who had worked in his factory at Igbesa, Agbara, Ogun State had returned to China since 2019 when their work permit expired.

“The team expanded its search to hotels around Alimosho and Gowon Estate where a Taiwanese lady was identified to have visited one of the hotels but nothing concrete linking her to China was found. Three Egyptian nationals, who were sighted buying drugs at a particular pharmacy were also interrogated but were found to be businessmen who had no link whatsoever with China,” the Commissioner explained.

Abayomi noted that the contact phone numbers of Alimosho LGA Disease Surveillance Notification Officer were given to relevant stakeholders in Alimosho in case they come in contact or have knowledge of any Chinese national living around or anyone arriving from China.

“The State surveillance team has scaled up its search by placing hotels and other resort centres on active surveillance to closely monitor visitors, travellers and non-nationals especially those of East Asian and Chinese origin,” he added

 




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