Coronavirus: Patient’s Co-travellers Provided False Information – LASG
The Lagos State government has disclosed that some of the travellers who boarded the same flight with the 44-year-old Italian, Nigeria’s Coronavirus index patient, provided false information in their forms.
Professor Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, stated this during a stakeholders’ meeting with Chairmen of Local Governments, Community Development Associations and medical officers at the 57 LGAs and LCDAs at Government House, Alausa, on Monday.
According to a statement issued by Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Health, Abayomi was quoted as saying that the contacts being traced include 159 passengers onboard the aircraft, six people who came in contact with the index patient at the hotel, 35 people at the factory, two drivers and an ambulance driver.
The commissioner said the contact list of the index case of Covid-19 in Lagos is over 100 and increasing daily.
“We have managed to identify all of these people except some of those people on the aircraft who have either gone back to Europe, other states or other countries or gave false information on their forms.
“We are unrelenting in our quest and we are still trying to find the remaining passengers on that aircraft; and every day, we are finding more. Our contact list now is over 100 and it is increasing every day,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, disclosed that two persons suspected and tested for Coronavirus have tested negative to the disease.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who spoke in the Yoruba language at the meeting, noted that the Incident Command Centre was satisfied with the recovery of the Italian national who tested positive to the virus on Friday last week.
“We have been testing a few suspicious cases. In fact, we tested two yesterday, they were both negative and both from Ogun State. We are very much on the lookout; our index of suspicion is very high and we have alerted all our medical facilities both public and private to be cautious about anybody who presents with fever, cough, cold, difficulty in breathing, diarrhoea and body pains,” he said.
According to a statement bu Gboyega Akosile, his Chief Press Secretary, Governor Sanwo-Olu was quoted as saying that the meeting with the LGA heads was imperative as part of efforts by the state government to activate proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus to local communities.