The Lagos state government has dispelled the rumours of a suspected case of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at Gowon Estate in Alimosho local government area of the state.
Disclosing this on their Twitter handle, the Lagos state ministry of health noted that after a thorough investigation, it was discovered that the location mentioned in the rumour did not exist and as such, there was no case of Coronavirus in the state.
Also, during the inspection tour by the minister of health, Dr. osagie Ehanire to infectious disease facilities in the state, the Commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, responded to the news about a suspected case of coronavirus in Alimosho Local Government Area, dismissing the news as fake.
“We heard the same rumour and we deployed our biosecurity team there yesterday. They have gathered a lot of medical and community intelligence and so far and it appears to us that there is no such thing and that this was fake news”.
The government warned that the circulation of fake news was an offence and anyone caught disseminating such misinformation to the public would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
The government thus urged the people to use the appropriate channels of communication designated by the state as shown in the image below.
Minister commends Lagos readiness for Coronavirus
Meanwhile, Nigeria minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has commended the Lagos state government on her readiness to combat Coronavirus importation into the country.
Dr. Osagie, who gave the commendation during his tour of facilities at Lagos State Infectious Disease Hospital on Sunday, expressed satisfaction at the level of infrastructures put in place by the State Government to effectively contain any unexpected case of infectious diseases.
“It is quite clear that Lagos has a clear-cut edge in managing infectious diseases and preparedness. I am extremely happy that Lagos is equipped in the area of knowledge built from the foundation it obtained from the 2014 Ebola outbreak which the State managed properly”, the Minister said.
Osagie, who also inspected Lagos State Bio-bank, the highest Bio-safety level 3 laboratory in West Africa located inside the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, commended the State government for deploying additional 30 health personnel to assist with surveillance at the entry ports.
“I am highly impressed, happy and proud to see this level of preparedness. I have not just learnt something, I am impressed that the State has taken science to a very modern and admirable level. This is obviously a place a lot of lessons will be learnt”, he said.
Speaking during the visit, the Lagos state commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi noted that the state government was working assiduously through the state ministry of health to prevent the importation of the disease into the country.
“Since the experience we had with Ebola, we have been building capacity, infrastructure, revising our policies and laws, training staff that are specially equipped to deal with an outbreak of infectious diseases like Ebola, Monkeypox, Lassa Fever and Coronavirus if it comes here. So we are ready in Lagos, we have the facility, trained staff, and a robust surveillance system in place to contain and effectively manage an outbreak”, Abayomi said.
The Commissioner also pointed out that the State government was supporting the Federal Government with staff at the airport just to make sure that anybody coming into Lagos goes through a thorough screening process, adding that officials of the State Ministry of Health would monitor persons who recently returned from countries that have person-to-person transmission of coronavirus for 14 days in their homes.
“So we are making it very tight and we hope that with the policies and measures put in place, we will not see a serious situation happening in Lagos but should that happen, our containment facilities at the Mainland hospital are being rapidly upscaled to effectively manage and contain any unexpected incidents”, the Commissioner stated.