Nigerian health authorities on Friday began contact tracing of the first confirmed case of the COVID-19, a measure taken to monitor the health of people who traveled with the patient to prevent spread.
Nigeria’s first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Lagos, the country’s commercial hub and most populous city, the Lagos State government confirmed early Friday.
Health minister Osagie Ehanire told a news conference in Abuja that the government would work assiduously to curtail the spread.
“I am assuring Nigerians that all measures have been taken to contain and control the spread of the virus,” Ehanire said. “I know the capability of Lagos State; the state has a lot of experience on Ebola so they will be able to handle the case.”
An Italian national entered Nigeria on Tuesday from Milan for a brief business visit and fell ill on the following day.
Ehanire said the index case of the COVID-19 in the country was, however, not as a result of failure to screen at the airports but the nature of the virus which may not present symptoms at that period of screening.
The minister said that the Nigerian government had been strengthening measures to ensure that an outbreak in Nigeria was controlled and contained quickly.
Meanwhile, a giant manufacturing firm which the Italian visited upon arrival in Nigeria has been quarantined.
Tomi Coker, the commissioner for health in the southwestern state of Ogun, neighboring to Lagos, confirmed that the facility visited by the Italian in Ewekoro community of the state was isolated in keeping to “the health safety standards.” Enditem