by Alli Mustapha
The Federal and Lagos State Governments have announced that it has placed more than 100 persons who came in contact with the infected Italian on its watch list to prevent possible spread and deaths in the country.
Also, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, revealed that test conducted for two foreign nationals earlier proved negative.
The revelation was during an advocacy meeting held at the Banquet Hall in State House, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, with all 57 council chairmen, community health officers from all councils, representatives of Community Development Association (CDA) and Community Development Council (CDC) across Lagos. All Progressives Congress (APC) members led by the State chairman, Tunde Balogun, were also in attendance.
While addressing the gathering, Sanwo-Olu explained that series of medical examination at the State’s bio-security facility conducted on the two patients, who were brought from Ogun State over the weekend, did not show any sign of COVID-19 infection.
The Governor observed that the condition of the Italian national tested positive to the virus last Friday was improving, saying the Incident Command Centre was satisfied with recovery of the infected patient.
“We have called for this meeting as part of proactive measures we are taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus to our local communities. It is no more news that we are managing a case in Lagos, but the situation does not call for panic. One of the lessons we learnt during the outbreak of Ebola virus six years ago is that, the grassroots was adequately sensitised and prepared.
“Government is doing its best to stop coronavirus, but Government cannot do it alone. It requires collective responsible of everybody living in Lagos to stop the virus. Therefore, what we are doing today is to cascade information on coronavirus down to people in our various communities and towns. We want every resident of the State to have first-hand information on the virus and how to report any possible case to the authorities,” he said.
The Governor urged stakeholders to disseminate the information to residents in their communities and sensitise them on how to get information from official sources.