Coronavirus: Don’t Panic, Measures in Place to Control Outbreak in Lagos—Sanwo-Olu 


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged Lagos residents to go about their daily activities and not panic as the first case of the new coronavirus disease was confirmed in the state on Thursday. 

The Governor in a statement on Friday assured that his administration through the Lagos State Ministry of Health has been strengthening measures to ensure that any outbreak in the state is quickly controlled and contained in collaboration with the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

He added that the State Emergency Operations Centre has been activated to respond to the confirmed case of the disease and implement firm control measures.

Sanwo-Olu however urged residents to observe basic hygiene. 

The Federal Ministry of Health had earlier confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 in the country, which is also the first in the Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The case involved an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria from Milan Italy for a business visit on February 25.

“Dear Lagosians, yesterday we confirmed the first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state and we have immediately reported it to the Federal Ministry of Health. The case is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the outbreak in China in January 2020.

“The case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of Feburary from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit. He fell ill on the 26th February and was transfered to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing.

“COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the patient is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos,” the governor said. 

Recall that Senator representing Ondo North, Professor Ajayi Boroffice, on Thursday at the plenary expressed concern that there was no screening of passengers at Nigerian airports which he said put the country at risk of conoravirus outbreak. 

He drew the attention of the Senate to the failure of health personnel at the airports and seaports to thoroughly screen passengers coming into the country .