The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Amuwo-Odofin LGA(AOLG) have debunked rumours making rounds on social media on the release of an alarming figure of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Amuwo-Odofin area.
The rumour was spread via a voice note on Whatsapp that made claims of a community spread of the novel coronavirus in the Amuwo-Odofin area.
The NCDC and AOLG debunked the rumours at a press conference organized by the Amuwo-Odofin Local Government secretariat.
In his statement, the council chairman, Mr Valentine Buraimoh, alluded that the originator of the Voice note, identified as Dr Faith Anyanwu – is neither a staff of the Lagos State Government nor that of the NCDC.
Buraimoh said: “The active case search in AOLG is to identify people with symptoms to enable them to qualify for screening to know the number of positive COVID-19 patients in the local government area.
“Persons with symptoms are then sampled to determine whether they are positive or negative,” he said.
He also made it known that samples gotten from the area are sent to the NCDC Emergency Operation Center in the state, and results are communicated to concerned people privately after the test.
The chairman said, “This is a zonal office that includes Ajeromi, Amuwo Odofin, Ojo, Badagry and Apapa.
“All these local governments I have mentioned come here to do collation of tests; so the 23 index cases are not only in Amuwo Odofin, it cuts across the five local government areas I mentioned.”
Mr Buraimoh urged residents of the area to remain calm and adhere to all preventive measures laid down by the Government and medical experts.
The Lead, Rapid Response Team, Surveillance, NCDC, Dr Oyeladun Okunromade, said, the said Dr Anyanwu is not a staff of NCDC and as such not privy to such information as espoused.
“She is not by any means an agent of NCDC, she does not work for NCDC,” she said.
According to the voice note going viral on social media, the sender made claims that Amuwo Odofin was a ‘hot mess’ because of an alarming number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the council area.