The Nigerian government said it had intensified its surveillance against COVID-19 at the nation’s airports.
Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, who made this known on behalf of the country, said the move came as it was inevitable that there would be more cases in Africa.
Addressing reporters on the COVID-19 update on Friday in Lagos, the nation’s economic hub, Abayomi said the state government has eliminated the threat of COVID-19 outbreak through the Italian index case.
Concerted efforts of government and its partners assisted in breaking the cycle of transmission, the health expert said.
Abayomi said Lagos was intensifying its surveillance to ensure that the health facility does not get overwhelmed, in case there are new cases.
He added that the state government had sent more health personnel to the airport to assist the Federal medical team to boost their surveillance.
According to him, all the 179 people who had contact with the index case had been identified.
“40 of them were quarantined in neighboring southwest Ogun state, while 139 were monitored in Lagos State,” he added.
“The contacts in both states have been discharged; they have exceeded the 14 days of quarantine and isolation at home without developing any symptom of the disease,” he told reporters.
The second confirmed case of COVID-19, a contact of the index case, had tested negative to two tests, Abayomi said, adding that he had been discharged.
On the Italian index patient, Abayomi said he was still at the isolation center, because he is still secreting a little bit of the virus, meaning he’s potentially still contagious.
“Our test suggests that his immune system will soon clear off the infection. The moment we pick that up, we will be looking for a second negative,” he added.
Abayomi said the index case would pose no danger to the community at that point, saying that he was almost at that stage and would be released soon.
With the outbreak spreading in some parts of the globe, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Presidential committee on the impacts of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s economy to ensure that investments and the business of government continue to run without hitches.
The president called for vigilance on the part of all citizens and responsible government agencies.
Buhari urged Nigerians not to panic about the news of this first case of COVID-19 in the country, saying undue alarm would do people more harm than good. Enditem