July 12, 2024

COVID-19, Lagos Begins Tracking of Contacts with Italian

…Says Patient in Stable Condition

Lagos State Government begins tracking of all people who came in contact with the Italian who tested positive to the Coronavirus, COVID-19 on arrival in the country Wednesday February 25.

Governor Babajide Sanwoolu who is the Chief Incident Officer of COVID-19 at a joint news briefing disclosed that the patient though confirmed in stable condition, has every health intervention needed to save him.

Sanwoolu assured that government is enjoying necessary cooperation from the company the Italian works for where he had visited on arrival as its management is assisting in reaching to all he had contact with for easy containment.

Commissioner for Health Professor Akin Abayomi also assured that the Preparedness team with support from the Nigeria centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Federal Ministry of Health have started to identify all the contacts of the Italian right to the way to the Airline that brought him into Nigeria.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire

“We have started this contact tracing process of all those who have come in contact with him so that we can start our isolation and containment exercise to ensure that we break the cycle of transmission”, said Abayomi.

He disclosed that the process commenced at about 3:am GMT and all hands would be on deck to ensure everyone who sat behind, in front and around him on the Airline are identified as well as others he came in contact with to enable the containment of the infection beyond the Italian.

Abayomi also stated that the patient is confined and government is on the case to ensure it is able to identify everybody the man has come in contact with.

“His symptoms are subsiding, he does not have any symptoms of respiratory disease which is probably a good thing; but he does have fever and body pains.

“If he has respiratory symptoms, it is probably likely that he may be more contagious than he is at the moment”, the Commissioner explained.

Also speaking  in Abuja, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire noted that the national response centre has immediately become activated with the confirmation of index case in Lagos.

He said Federal Government in collaboration with NCDC although heightened its preparedness and capability since the first case was announced in China.

Ehanire confirmed that the Airline that brought the index case has been contacted to release his seat number as well as the identity of all those who were with him on the Aircraft.

The minister alerted that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily but it can be more severe in more people particularly those who are elderly and those who have underlying chronic diseases.

  • All Nigerians should therefore take care of their own health and maintain hands and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves, protect their families and others following these precautions:
  • First regularly wash your hands with soap and water and use alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Secondly, maintain at least one and half metres about five feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Persons with persistent coughs or sneezing should stay at home and keep away from crowd, should not mix around with crowd but keep a social distance
  • Make sure you and people around you follow good respiratory hygiene meaning you cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief or tissue and if you have neither of this, sneeze or cough into the sleeve of your bent elbow; when you use a tissue, dispose of this immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell and have symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing and catarrh and call NCDC which is available day and night on 0809 and 700000010
  • Do not engage in prolong self-medication

The Minister warned that citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation and false rumours that cause fear and panic

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