The Lagos State government has urged residents to remain calm following the confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the state. The Commissioner for Health in the state, Professor Akin Abayomi, made the appeal in a statement on Friday. “All Lagosians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families,” he said.
This comes barely one day after the Federal Ministry of Health announced that one person has been confirmed to be infected with the virus. The case, which was confirmed on February 27, involves an Italian citizen who came into Nigeria on Tuesday from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit. He was said to have fallen ill the next day and transferred to the Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing.
Professor Abayomi, who spoke on behalf of the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, revealed that the case was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, a part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
He, however, noted that the patient was clinically stable with no serious symptoms while the case was being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.