An Italian who arrived Nigeria on Tuesday, February 25 has been confirmed by the Lagos State Ministry of Health to be infected with the dreaded Corona Virus disease.
The case, according to the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi was confirmed on Thursday, February 27 and is the first in Nigeria since the outbreak in China in January 2020.
It was gathered that the Italian who was on a brief business visit to the country from Milan in Italy, fell ill on the 26th of February and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing, before he was confirmed to have the COVID-19 infection by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos”, the Commissioner said.
Prof. Abayomi in a release signed on Friday, assured the people of Lagos and Nigerians generally of the strengthened efforts made by the government to respond to subsequent discoveries, while informing that “most people who become infected may experience only a mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses”.
“All Lagosians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below:
1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
2. Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between you apnd anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
3. People coughing persistently or sneezing should stay indoors or keep a social distance, but not mix with a crowd.
4. Ensure that you and people around you follow good respiratory hygiene by covering mouths and noses with a handkerchief or tissue while sneezing or coughing. You can also sneeze or cough into your sleeve at the bent elbow.Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
5. Stay indoors if you feel unwell with symptoms, such as fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call Lagos State Emergency hotlines 08023169485 or 08033565529 or 08052817243 which are available day and night.
6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, the Social Media, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health”.
Importantly, the Commissioner warned that “citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic” and that the “Lagos State Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Lagos”.