Ogun state quarantines at least 28 over Corona virus
The Ogun State Government on Friday quarantined 28 people it claimed had physical contact with the Italian diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus.
A factory located in the Ewekoro community in the state, which the unnamed Italian visited, has been shut down with government intensifying effort to locate others who had met with him.
The search is taking place simultaneously in Lagos and Ogun states as part of the strategies aimed at containing the deadly virus.
It was not clear last night how many people had physical contacts with the unnamed Italian between his arrival in Nigeria on Monday night and Thursday when he tested positive to COVID-19.
He is currently in isolation at the bio-security facility in Yaba, Lagos.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has already deployed its rapid response teams in Lagos to deal with the situation.
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State confirmed the decision to quarantine the 28 people during a press conference in Abeokuta last night.
Government, according to him, was leaving no stone unturned to bring the situation under control.
He advised residents and visitors to be calm.
He said officials of the Federal Ministry of Health were already in the state to assist in ensuring that the situation does not get out of control.
The Federal Government officials will help in upgrading the isolation centre at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu to Virus Security Centre.
He said efforts were on to get in touch with secondary contacts with the established index case.
The governor advised the public to wash their hands regularly, cover their mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing and to report to the nearest public health centre if they notice any sign of cold, cough and respiratory difficulty.
He warned that the virus is no respecter of any person.
At a separate press conference in Abuja yesterday, Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said that everyone that had contact with the Italian was being tracked by government.
They include the passengers on the same Turkish Airline flight with the Italian and those who had contact with him elsewhere.
The Italian came in from Milan, Italy, which has the highest rate of the infection in Europe.
Ehanire said the relevant authorities are working to find out where he has been to and those he came in contact with since he arrived in Nigeria.
“We have started working to identify all the contacts made by the patient since he entered Nigeria, even those with him on the aircraft,” the minister said.
“We are working to find out where this gentleman was, where he sat, those who sat around him and set up a monitoring team for all the passengers and crew members of that flight in order to get information and monitor their state of health.
“We will advise anyone who has any symptoms to report and be monitored and be checked.”
The minister said the Italian showed no symptom of Coronavirus when he arrived the Murtala Muhammed Airport only for him to fall sick a day or two later.
“He walked through the screening with no symptoms,” Ehanire said.
“By the time he got to his house, I think a day or two after, he started to feel unwell and, wisely enough, went to a hospital and there the doctors examined him.
“So, it is not that it is a failure of screening. The screening went very well. The information I have this very morning is that he is stable, so all people will not be equally severe.”
He explained why Nigeria does not quarantine passengers arriving from abroad.
“WHO advises that there is no need to put every single traveller into quarantine,” he said.
“There are some other countries who choose to do it differently, but we followed the guideline of WHO which states that you screen all persons who are entering your country and check their travel history.
“If they are coming from a country with a high record of coronavirus, invite them for further questioning, give them a phone number to call you and get their phone number.
“And advise them in the interest of their own family and friends to stay in self isolation for 14 days and report any symptoms immediately. We also call you to find out how you are.”
He added that besides the Italian not showing “very serious” symptoms, “as far as statistics are concerned, up to 97 per cent of people who are known to have coronavirus do recover.”