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Coronavirus: Lagos Sets Up Incident Command Structure

The Lagos State Government has activated an Incident Command Structure as part of efforts to strengthen preparedness and reduce the risk of importation of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) into Lagos.

This was announced today by the Lagos State Ministry of Health via its official Twitter handle, @LSMOH.

While activating the structure, the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Sanwoolu, noted that the declaration of 2019-nCoV as a public health emergency by the World Health Organization has heightened the concern of the Lagos State Government on the spread of the virus, thus necessitating the activation of an Incident Command Centre.

The Governor, who said he would take charge of the Incident Command Structure as the Chief Incident Commander explained that he would be supported by Honourable Commissioner for Health in the State, Professor Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Cabinet members, and concerned Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) involved with emergency preparedness, security & public awareness.

He noted that the Incident Command would make daily important decisions based on the evolving trends of the disease around the world and in keeping with Federal and International guidelines.

“The Incident Command System will provide all logistics including both material & human resources needed to strengthen preparedness & make daily important decisions based on the evolving trends of the disease in keeping with Federal & International guidelines”,

The Governor revealed that the Lagos State Ministry of Health had deployed medical professionals in various fields to the International Airport to monitor & reduce the chances of entry of the virus into Lagos.

And increase surveillance systems and bio-security capacity to contain of any possible case with great emphasis on prevention and early detection.

In his opening remarks, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, emphasized that the State had no suspected or confirmed case of the disease stressing that efforts were being strengthened to reduce the risks of importation of the virus in Lagos State.

He said:

“We are putting several structures in place to reduce our vulnerability and improve our capacity to manage outbreak should we record any case. Daily, the Ministry of Health releases a public advisory to educate residents on the disease trends and we are also constructing field tents at the Mainland Hospital to improve our capacity to contain a surge.”

He appealed to all public and private health care workers to escalate any health concern promptly assuring that any reported infectious diseases including Coronavirus and Lassa fever would be adequately taken care of at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.

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